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17/04/2018 06:16 SAST | Updated 17/04/2018 06:16 SAST

Man Arrested After Being Tracked By Chinese Face-Recognition Technology In Crowd Of 50,000

Chinese authorities have arrested a man after the country’s advanced facial recognition technology spotted him within a huge concert crowd.

Chinese authorities have arrested a man after the country's advanced facial recognition technology spotted him within a crowd of around 50,000 people at a concert.

According to the South China Morning Post the man was detained last week in Nanchang, Jiangxi province.

The country has one of the most advanced surveillance systems in the world, and utilises a massive network of cameras located around cities, on police vehicles and even on headsets worn by police officers.

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According to sources who spoke to the paper the man, who has been arrested for unspecific economic crimes, was reportedly in shock upon being discovered by the local authorities.

The country uses facial recognition technology across its vast network of around 170-million CCTV cameras, with some reports suggesting that China will have around 600-million cameras in operation by 2020.

The country also uses it for less insidious reasons, with facial recognition being used as a valid form of payment at fast food restaurants – while a new Ford-backed initiative lets you rent a car using just a selfie taken on your phone.

This is certainly not the first time that China's vast surveillance network has caught a criminal, and the country regularly warns it citizens that because of the spy network, escaping any crime unpunished will be virtually impossible.