China Roundup: facial recognition, claim and cashless payment transactions for foreigners

China Roundup: the face detection case and the area of cashless payments, for foreigners

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch China’s Roundup, a digest of recent events, the design of the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean for the people in the rest of the world. This week, a lawsuit is a debate over the deployment of China’s ubiquitous face detection solved; meanwhile, in some good news, the foreigners in China may finally learn, cashless payment as the locals do.

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Many argue that China maintains an unfair advantage in the artificial intelligence, as many of its citizens the readiness to give quick, personal data in the desired tech companies. But a handful of people are certainly becoming more privacy-conscious.

filed This week, a Chinese law Professor, what looks like the country’s first lawsuit against the use of AI-powered-facial-scans, according to Qianjiang Evening News, a local newspaper in the Eastern province of Zhejiang. In case of dispute, the decision of a privately run zoo is imposed, the obligatory face detection access control for all annual pass holders.

“I’ve always been conservative about collecting facial biometric data. The collection and use of face biometrics include very unsure of security risks,” ” the professor, the paper, the add said that he would nonetheless accept such a requirement by the government for the purposes of the public interest.”

Both the government and companies in China aggressively face detection embraced in extensive scenarios, whether it is to aid the public security checks, or to accelerate payments in the supermarket at the cash registers. The technology is certainly more control from the public, as it will spread more. Already, the zoo is a the case, generated a lot of attention. On Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, posts about the color have generated some 100 million views and 10,000 comments in less than a week. Many professors share the concerns about possible leaks and the misuse of the data.

scan and pay like a local

The other technique, which is ubiquitous in China, the cashless payment. For many years, foreign guests without a Chinese bank account, not the scan can take part-and-pay-madness, received extensive coverage in the West. But the fences are now down.

announced This week, two of the largest payment systems, almost at the same time, the make you pay it easier for foreigners through their smartphones. Visitors can now pay to have a selection of Chinese dealers, the Numbers after the link setting your overseas credit cards backed by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Global Network or JCB to Tencent’s wechat.

“This is it, travelers, holding 2.6 billion Mastercard cards around the world, with the ability to, simple and smart payments anytime, anywhere, in China,” Mastercard said in a statement.

Alipay Alibaba Partner, which now allows foreign visitors, up RMB on a virtual prepaid card, issued by Bank of Shanghai with their international credit or debit cards. The movement is a boon for the large parts of the foreign tourists in China numbered 141 million in 2018.

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Didi is a controversial Central ride-sharing service is finally back this week that the function was more than a year after repealed, the following two murders of female passengers. But the company, which hails synonymous with travel, was immediately seat in the hot again. The newly recorded feature is included, clearly a curfew on women who are only able to Carpool between 5 PM and 8 PM, The public sharply criticized the decision as humiliating and discriminatory against women and Didi is the limit for women and men responded quickly to extend. The murders were a big game room for the company, and to dispel since trying the concerns. At this point, the ride-hailing giant, simply can not afford, another publicity debacle.

move The government to stamp out monopolistic practices of some of China’s largest e-commerce platforms in front of the Single of the day, the Land of the busiest shopping festival. Retailers have traditionally been forced to be an exclusive provider for one of these giants, but Beijing wants it to stop, and summoned Alibaba,, Pinduoduo (in Chinese) and other major retail players to talks about anti-competition this week.

Iqiyi, often praised as the “Netflix of China”, reported widening of net loss in the $516.0 million euros in the third quarter to the end of September 30. The good news is, it has added 25 million new subscribers for its video-streaming platform. 99.2% number of end members to 105.8 million user base now.

36Kr, one of China’s most prominent tech news sites, saw its shares tumble 10% in Nasdaq debut on Friday. The company generates revenue from subscriptions, advertising, and business “value-added” services. The last segment, after the prospectus is designed to “help established companies, the increase in the media presence and brand awareness.”

Released on Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:00:07 +0000

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