Biometric technologies supplier O-Film added to U.S. entity list for human rights violations
The U.S. Department of Commerce has expanded the list of Chinese companies accused of involvement in human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, writes Cnet. Among the 11 newly added names, stands out Nanchang O-Film Tech, described as a supplier for Amazon, Apple, Dell, GM and Microsoft.
The companies are accused of supporting “mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data and genetic analysis” against the Muslim minority in the region.
In the past, O-Film partnered with Precise Biometrics to license the latter’s algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, and with Fingerprint Cards to provide touch fingerprint sensors to OEMs. O-Film develops fingerprint identification modules, 3D sensing solutions, camera modules, touchscreens, wearables, smart automotive and smart home solutions.
O-Film, Amazon, Apple, Dell, GM and Microsoft have not released statements.
Since it released its Entity List in 2019, the U.S. has added more Chinese AI and biometrics companies, and even threatened new tariffs on devices put together in China. So far as many as 48 companies have been included on the restricted list.