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China Is Using Facial Recognition To Track Ethnic Minorities, Even In Beijing

It’s happened again – China’s unconstrained approach to automating dystopia has been exposed by the lack of basic data security. TechCrunch reported on Friday that a security researcher had “found a smart city database accessible from a web browser without a password, [the details of which he passed] to TechCrunch in an effort to get the data secured.” The data, which included “facial recognition scans on hundreds of people over several months,” was hosted by Alibaba, a major player in China’s tech sector and a backer of several of the AI unicorns behind the most sophisticated surveillance state capabilities.

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