US May Restrict Facial Scanning, Surveillance Gear Exports

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 4:16 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration said Thursday it is considering new export restrictions on facial recognition software and other biometric surveillance equipment, citing China's use of such items in its detention and monitoring of Muslim minority groups.

The Bureau of Industry and Security said it was reexamining its rules for those goods as part of a "periodic review" of its export controls, but also specifically called out China's use of facial recognition gear to aid the "repression, mass arbitrary detention and high technology surveillance" of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

"Reporters visiting the region found surveillance cameras installed approximately every hundred meters in...

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