Survey shows Chinese citizens fear biometric data leaks, deepfakes

Survey shows Chinese citizens fear biometric data leaks, deepfakes

Almost four out of five people in China (79 percent) fear biometric facial recognition data leaks and 65 percent are concerned about deepfakes, according to a report published Nandu Personal Information Protection Research Center and reported by the South China Morning Post.

While less than 44 percent want facial recognition to be restricted, and many said the technology is convenient, 83 percent want more control over it.

The report notes that a local media organization recently found a database with images of 5,000 faces available online for less than $2, among many incidents of private data leaks.

Research from Comparitech has found that China is doing a poor job collecting, storing and using biometric data, which has led to many data leaks of facial images.

SenseTime announced last month that it would lead a national-level working group to set standards for biometric facial recognition.

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