Huawei worked on a facial recognition system to snoop on people from China’s Uighur community, which also had an “Uighur alarm” — to detect a person’s ethnicity, and alert authorities upon spotting a person from the Uighur community, a report from video surveillance researchers IPVM claimed. The Washington Post first reported this. A document discovered by IPVM showed that in 2018, Huawei worked with a facial recognition startup called Megvii to test a facial recognition system which could detect people’s age, sex, and ethnicity. The document was hosted publicly on Huawei's own website, however, the firm took it down after IPVM reached out for a comment. Alarmingly, Huawei also verified dozens of "basic functions of Megvii's facial recognition system”, including an "Uyghur alert", which Megvii “passed”. This means that the system could potentially flag detecting an Uighur person’s face to…
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