China introduced a new law which makes it mandatory for the people to have their face scanned while registering for a new SIM-card or buying a new smartphone. Currently, they required only identity cards for the purchase of a new SIM. The law was passed in September this year. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China, will “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.”
The government believes that it will reduce cyber frauds and crimes. It will also ensure that people use services on the internet under their real names. It will protect people from unknowingly registering for phone services in the event of their identities being stolen. Some people are saying that the move will ensure that the Chinese government will surveillance the people.
Experts believe that the law might raise privacy concerns. Experts say that the government might use personal data without users’ consent.