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Big Brother's watching: Chinese facial recognition firms woo investors

A facial recognition screen in Shanghai. Face++, whose technology is behind Chinese company Alipay's "scan-your-face-to-pay" function, has already helped the police catch more than 3,000 fugitives.

Hong Kong

BUOYED by China's plans to build a ubiquitous CCTV surveillance network, Chinese and some foreign investors are pouring money into startup technology firms that specialise in facial recognition software.

At stake for firms such as SenseTime Group, Face++ and DeepGlint, is...

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