The Chinese will have to undergo a facial recognition test to connect to the internet in China, either by telephone or computer, reported The Epoch Times.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), a body under the control of the Chinese communist regime, said it will start on Dec. 1, 2019.

At the same time, Chinese citizens will also be prohibited from ceding or transferring their telephone numbers privately, without officially informing the Communist Party.

Beijing, through MIIT, urged all internet service providers to implement the necessary tools to enforce both measures, while publishing them on its website.

Operators must ensure that the identification of the internet user is authentic and has permission of the communist regime to surf the internet.

They must also include in the terms and conditions of their service that their customers will not be able to transfer or resell their cellphone’s SIM card as of December of this year.

Finally, telecom operators should investigate to make sure that none of their customers have cellphones or landlines registered in their name that are being used by third parties. If a case is detected, the line will close immediately.

Supervisors and inspections

The MIIT stated that it will send supervisors and organize inspections in the companies to verify that the new rules are strictly complied with.

Observers denounced that the communist regime wants people to identify themselves to use the internet in order to control them and, if necessary, arrest them.

“The reason why the Chinese regime asks people to register their real identities to surf the internet is because it wants to control people’s speech,” U.S. commentator Tang Jingyuan told The Epoch Times.

“I think MIIT’s new rule takes away freedom of speech from Chinese people completely,” Tang added, explaining that the measure “means that the government can easily track” Chinese citizens, “their online activities, including their social media posts and websites they visit.”

“Then these people become scared of sharing their real opinions online because their comments could anger the authorities and they could get arrested for it,” he concluded.

Hundreds of arrests

In fact, the authorities, who are blocking Chinese access to information other than that approved by China’s totalitarian government, have arrested hundreds of Chinese in recent years for publishing information that the regime considered sensitive, including information related to anti-communist protests in Hong Kong.

But facial recognition is not limited to the Internet alone. The regime has been using it in video surveillance systems in public spaces, schools and even inside public restrooms where Chinese and foreigners must use the facial identification system to obtain toilet paper.

A recent study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace revealed that public video surveillance and people-tracking equipment will be equipped with more than 2 billion cameras across China by 2022.

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