Database of Voices Will Be Created In China As Their Security,- China is collecting its citizens’ voices to boost its surveillance capability, according to a new report. The Chinese government has collected tens of thousands of “voice pattern” samples and is inputting them into a national database. The idea is an automated system will pick out voices in telephone and other conversations boosting the government’s already expansive surveillance capabilities. This will add another spoke to existing biometric information like fingerprints and DNA samples.

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However, it is unclear who can be targeted for voice sampling and how the samples will be used. China’s Human Rights Watch director says that authorities can easily misuse that data especially in a country with a long history of unchecked surveillance and retaliation against critics.