In this week’s news on China’s widespread face recognition tech, Chinese authorities have found a new target in need of constant surveillance: unruly tourists.
City park authorities in Beijing are considering installing facial recognition cameras in the city’s travel hotspots and blacklisting bad-mannered tourists.
Uncivilized tourists would be punished by restricting ticket purchases for museums, parks and other tourist spots, state media has reported.
The country has seen an overwhelming number of facial recognition systems deployed during the past couple of years ranging between convenient, Orwellian and mildly ridiculous.
Chinese tourists have earned a reputation for bad behavior abroad that includes fighting over makeup in a South Korean duty-free shop and harassing a Swiss swan.
Bad tourist behavior is equally irksome for people within China.