An unsecured facial recognition database that contained info on thousands of children from 20 schools in China, half of which are located in historically ethnic Tibetan areas, has been found online.
This latest facial-recognition database leak raises new questions about ethnically targeted school surveillance and cybersecurity in China, writes Liza Lin in the Wall Street Journal:
The cache was connected to a surveillance system labeled "Safe School Shield" and contained facial-identification and location data, according to Victor Gevers, a researcher at the Dutch nonprofit GDI Foundation, which scans the internet for vulnerabilities and flags them to owners for fixing.
— Liza Lin (@Liz_in_Shanghai) January 20, 2020
While government surveillance is broadly accepted, the use of facial recognition and other types of tracking technologies in schools has proven a flashpoint. https://t.co/Vg5otN0U79
— Paul D. Shinkman (@PDShinkman) January 19, 2020
That thing where surveillance is invasive and also incompetent. https://t.co/9EuvRWXphZ
— Eva (@evacide) January 17, 2020