Beijing to bring face-recognition tech to Canadian stores

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  1. 4Rules

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    The Foody Mart grocery chain is considering introducing payment by Chinese-made facial recognition devices at its stores in Ontario and B.C. The payment systems capture an image of the shopper’s face which is then linked to his or her account, enabling the person to make a purchase simply by looking into a camera — no card, cash or phone needed. It could be the first such use of the technology by a North American retailer. Foody Mart is planning to buy the system from SnapPay, a Toronto firm that distributes Chinese payment gear from tech giants Tencent and Alibaba, Ryan Li, another company executive, told Yahoo Finance recently. In China, facial recognition has become a popular retail tool, but is also at the heart of a growing digital surveillance apparatus. It’s used for everything from buying KFC chicken to naming and shaming jaywalkers, and tracking the country’s persecuted Muslim Uyghur minority. This week, a Chinese law professor took the unusual step in a state that brooks little dissent of suing a zoo in the city of Hangzhou for requiring members to use facial recognition to get into the facility. Human-rights advocates say they’re worried that a pro-China entrepreneur is looking to bring the technology to Canada.
    https://nationalpost.com/news/pay-with-your-face-ontario-grocery-chain-looks-at-paying-via-facial-recognition
     
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    That must be some extremely high tech if it can tell the difference between all those Chinese.:couch:
     
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    Don’t think it’s going to fly with the Federal an or provincial privacy commissioner. Was just announced that the commission ruled that Metro Police( Toronto) cannot use facial recognition in their effort to reduce crime.