Face and fingerprint scanning installed in churches as China increases surveillance
Hi-tech surveillance devices including face and fingerprint scanning equipment are now being installed in churches throughout China.
According to a report from Bitter Winter, a publication that explores human rights and religious freedom in China, a facial recognition system that was placed in a government-controlled church, called the Three-Self Church, in Urumqi â€” the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region â€” is now being introduced elsewhere in China.
"On October 6, Muyang Church (literally Shepherding Church) in the central province of Hubei, which is also the home of the Two Chinese Christian Councils of Huangshi city, had two biometric devices set up on its second floor. Since then, congregation members have to stand in line to have their faces and fingerprints scanned before being allowed to enter the church," the publication reported....
Christians are handy test subjects for the Chinese.
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