WeChat accounts could double as state IDs in China

From Engadget - December 27, 2017

FT notes that the ID-linking system is a bit limited as far as on-device registrations go. You will be able to log into an internet cafe with the limited-function, on-device registration. For anything more involved that'd require state ID, however, you will need to hit a registration hard point in the city. After that, your phone will cover "most functions" you'd need a typical ID card for. Like registering a business, for example.

While this sounds like the type of future we have expected, the feature's privacy implications ca not be understated. Linking someone's face to what's essentially the de facto way to communicate in China is a bit scary considering how heavily the government polices the app.


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