Beijing Metro to install facial recognition, traveler-ranking system

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The city of Beijing plans to install facial recognition cameras at all metro stations for the purpose of monitoring and classifying passengers into “safety” categories. The plan drew widespread criticism for its Orwellian intentions, including from a professor at a prominent Chinese university. Whitelist China’s state-run media Xinhua News Agency reported Oct. 30 that Beijing’s metro operator will install a facial recognition system that’s integrated with the country’s social credit system, in which citizens are assigned a “trustworthiness” score based on their public behavior. After passengers are sorted into categories based on their score, station staff will conduct security check procedures accordingly. Trustworthy passengers are placed on a “whitelist”
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