- A document on Huawei’s website creates new allegations against the Chinese manufacturer.
- Huawei is said to have helped develop software that Uyghurs can find using facial recognition.
- The manufacturer rejects the allegations.
According to human rights activists, the Uyghurs have been persecuted and socially discriminated in China for decades. According to the Washington Post, the software described in the document is able to trigger a “Uyghur alarm”, but what exactly this causes remains unclear. Human rights activists fear that the software could be used to track down members of the minority and report them to the authorities.
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When asked by the Washington Post, Huawei admitted the existence of the software, but it would only have been a test and was never used. However, Huawei rejects all other allegations on the subject. The document in question, which refers to face recognition, has since been removed from the website.
Huawei comments on the allegations
We have now received another statement from Huawei. In it, the manufacturer emphasizes that it has not developed facial recognition, but only offers general purpose technologies in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In fact, the actual face recognition described in the document comes from the start-up Megvii, with whom Huawei worked on this project. This emphasizes that the technology is not there to identify minorities.
According to Huawei, the product was just a test that took place three years ago and was not used in commercial practice. Huawei rejects the use of technology for the purpose of d iscrimination, the case is now being processed again internally.
Face recognition is omnipresent in everyday Chinese life
Face recognition by cameras has long been part of everyday life for the Chinese. If you take the train in China, you can have your face scanned instead of a normal ticket in order to then pay for the journey.
Human rights activist shocked but not surprised
Human rights activist Maya Wang from Human Rights Watch is shocked by the existence of such software. She herself is not particularly surprised, as she reports to the Washington Post. The software would only be the next step in a path that the police in China have been taking for years.
Huawei has been facing allegations for years
The Chinese company has been exposed to a wide variety of accusations for years. So far, the focus has been particularly on espionage via cellular networks in other countries. The US then set a ban on Huawei trading with US companies. A process that continues to this day and which we have already covered in detail for you.
Note: This text has been revised. In the original version, Huawei’s contribution to the system was not clearly presented. We have also removed a paragraph that suggests that similar software was used in the Huawei P10. According to the manufacturer, this is not correct. Please excuse the mistake. We have also expanded the text to include a statement from the manufacturer.