hinese authorities may have found yet another use for China’s growing network of face recognition surveillance cameras in keeping watch over the country’s infamously “uncivilized” tourists.
Following a surge in visitors and a corresponding spike in unruly behavior over the recent Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, Beijing’s park office has said that it is mulling using face recognition technology to keep tabs on tourist and ban those behaving badly, barring them from gaining entrance to the city’s parks, museums, and historical sites for a period of time.
As examples of such bad behavior spotted recently, Chinese state media cites tourists climbing trees, picking flowers, damaging plants, as well as locals who fish and try to sell things privately in the parks. China’s tourists have, of course, have become notorious around the world for their “uncivilized” behavior, resulting in a number of different travel blacklists.
China has placed itself at the forefront of face recognition technology, using the cameras for tasks both Orwellian and trivial, including shaming jaywalkers and rationing out toilet paper.