A study of over 400 administrative punishment cases sheds light on the current attitude of the Chinese government towards facial recognition and provides a scenario to assess how China’s Personal Information Protection Law would apply should the cases occur today.
Personal Data Protection in China 个人数据保护
In 2021, China's Supreme Court's newly issued judicial interpretation on places stricter restrictions on facial recognition technology so as to protect the individuals' facial information.
It may be one of the strictest personal information protection legislation worldwide.
In practice, China's judicial authorities often do not have smooth access to the data of Internet companies.
On 20 Nov. 2020, China's Court handed down the first judgment over a facial recognition-related service contract dispute.