The Guangzhou government in China recently released the country's first WeChat identity cards, meaning that the social media application will be recognized as an official ID system.
Via WeChat, citizens are now able to verify their identity with facial recognition technology and have it authenticated with artificial intelligence. As of next year, those in China who are registered on WeChat will be able to use the platform instead of their identity cards. The electronic ID cards may be used in the same way as physical identification cards issued by the state, such as for checking into hotels or applying for government services.
As WeChat is a social media messaging platform that's used by the vast majority of the population of China—there are 980 million registered users of the 1.4 billion in China—this new electronic ID system has the potential to deter online identity theft.
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1. Electronic ID Systems - Developing unique electronic ID systems for citizens and consumers on social media platforms could help deter online identity theft.
2. Facial Recognition Technology - Incorporating facial recognition technology with electronic ID systems could provide an added layer of authentication and convenience for users.
3. AI Authentication - AI authentication could enhance the speed and accuracy of verifying identities on digital platforms and could revolutionize the online identity verification process.
1. Social Media - Social media platforms can develop electronic ID systems to provide added value and convenience to their users while also enhancing their security measures.
2. Cybersecurity - Companies specializing in cybersecurity can partner with social media and technology companies to help develop and enhance secure electronic ID systems.
3. Travel & Hospitality - Electronic ID systems can be used by the travel and hospitality industry to expedite check-in processes and reduce wait times for customers.