China begins facial-recognition ID checks for SIM card buyers

December 2, 2019

BEIJING -- Guidelines that require Chinese telecom carriers to use facial recognition technology on buyers of SIM cards kicked in on Sunday as the country cracks down on fraud, according to a report in Caixin.

Companies should use artificial intelligence or other measures on buyers to ensure they match the identification provided to purchase the SIM cards, according to a notice issued in September by the Ministry of Industry and Information.

Telcos must also ensure that the SIM cards aren't resold, and that they are bought from legitimate businesses. (ATI).