Man Sues Wildlife Park Over Use Of Facial Recognition System

Guo Bing, an associate law professor at Zhejiang Sci-tech University, is suing a wildlife park for breach of contract after it replaced its fingerprint-based entry system with one that uses facial recognition.

He bought an annual pass to Hangzhou Safari Park for 1,360 yuan in April. 

But when he was told last month about the introduction of the new system he became concerned it might be used to "steal" his identity and asked for a refund.

The park declined to return his money, so Guo filed a civil lawsuit last week at a district court in Fuying, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

The court had accepted the case, in which Guo is demanding 1,360 yuan compensation plus costs.

"The purpose of the lawsuit is not to get compensation but to fight the abuse of facial recognition," he was quoted as saying.

Guo said that when he bought the ticket - which offers 12 months' unlimited visits to the park for himself and a family member - he was required to provide his name, phone number and fingerprints.

He complied with the request and said he had visited the park on several occasions since.

However, when the attraction upgraded its admission system, all annual pass-holders where asked to update their records - including having their photograph taken - before October 17 or they would no longer be allowed to enter.

Guo said he believed the change was an infringement of his consumer rights.

Facial identities were "highly sensitive", Zhao said, and the authorities "should strictly supervise how data is collected, used, stored and transferred."

A manager at the park said the upgrade was designed to improve efficiency at the entrance gates.

Source: SCMP/ Zhejiang online

Editor: Crystal Huang

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