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Is facial recognition the stuff of sci-fi? Not in China

Experts say China is racing ahead of Western countries in deploying facial scanners due to its rather lax privacy laws

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A Chinese traffic policeman explaining to a girl about the installed facial recognition screen at a street intersection in Shanghai aimed at catching those who flout the rules of the road.

Shanghai

FROM toilet-paper dispensers to fast-food restaurants, travel and crime-fighting, China is taking the lead in rolling out facial-recognition technology.

But while advocates say that it makes life easier, quicker and safer, opponents counter that it is another example of...

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