• Citizens in China must have their faces scanned to have the internet installed
  • The rule is part of China's social credit system and will take effect on Dec. 1
  • Authority claimed the move could help improve the nation's internet security
  • China has been building the world's most powerful facial-recognition system 
  • The nation is due to be equipped with 626 million CCTV cameras by 2020

China has stepped up its internet censorship by demanding its citizens pass a facial-recognition test to be able to use web services.

People who want to have the internet installed at home or on their phones must have their faces scanned by the Chinese authority to prove their identities, according to a new regulation.

The rule, which will take effect on December 1, is said to be part of the social credit system which rates the Chinese citizens based on their daily behaviour.

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