Sina Tech, 8/08/17
Local tax bureaus in Jiangsu province today officially launched online individual income tax inquiry services using Chinese third-party payment processor Alipay's facial recognition technology.
Alipay to date has rolled out several different types of government services using its facial recognition technology, such as making employment benefit housing fund inquiries, paying traffic fines, and reporting personal income tax. There are currently 40 cities nationwide that are offering services that use Alipay's facial recognition system. In the past three months, over 8.75 mln users have tried using online facial recognition to conduct government affairs.
In the past, conducting most government affairs required going in person with one's ID to the relevant government office, where a staff person would confirm the individual's identity face-to-face. Facial recognition technology, backed by the real-person verification process used by Alipay's Sesame Credit user credit rating system, streamlines the process.
According to Alipay, using facial recognition to process tax, social insurance, housing fund, and traffic fine matters could be rolled out nationwide, and the feasibility of using facial recognition technology for other government affairs involving identity verification is currently being explored.