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Japan Restricts Exports of AI Facial Technology

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(The video above shows Chinese university students using facial recognition technology to pay for their meals)

The Japanese government is restricting facial recognition exports over growing concern of China’s extreme surveillance measures. A recent report from Tokyo’s Central News Agency (CNA) states that China has been using AI-powered facial recognition technology to “deploy large-scale surveillance systems to restrict people’s movement in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and other places.” In addition to citing national security, the nation is aiming to prevent advanced technology from infringing upon human rights.

Japan is not alone in its plight as numerous countries, including the US, are now assessing whether technology ranging from facial recognition to cameras coming from China are safe for use. This is mainly for the government’s safety; your government is already tracking you.