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Chinese cities use facial recognition at intersections to shame jaywalkers by posting their photos on public screens

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Chinese cities are cracking down on jaywalkers by installing facial recognition kits at intersections to identify and shame them by posting their photo on public screens, state media said Tuesday.

It is the latest use of the technology in China, where it has been used by fast-food chain KFC to predict orders and in public restrooms to foil toilet paper thefts.

This time, cities in four provinces are using the hardware to keep pedestrians from crossing at red lights, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The technology has detected more than 6,000 instances of people crossing red lights since it was installed in early May in Jinan, capital of eastern Shandong province.

The facial recognition equipment takes photos and a 15-second video of jaywalkers, whose images instantly appear on a screen, showing them that they've been caught, Xinhua said.

The photos are matched with images in a provincial police database.

"Within 20 minutes, the offender's photograph and personal information such as their ID number and home address are displayed on the screen at the crossroad," Xinhua said.

 

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-shames-jaywalkers-facial-recognition-110936001.html

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