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China May Gather Biological ID Data, Such as Fingerprints, of Foreign Visitors

China May Gather Biological ID Data, Such as Fingerprints, of Foreign Visitors

By Zhao Yinan and Zhang Chunyan China Daily/Asia News Network Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 BEIJING / LONDON - Foreign visitors may be fingerprinted under draft legislative proposals being considered by the top legislature on Monday. The draft law on entry and exit procedures, for the first time, allows the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to put in place a system to gather biological identification data, such as fingerprints, on foreign visitors. The draft also stipulates that foreigners should be fingerprinted by public security departments when they apply for a residential certificate. The regulations currently stipulate that foreigners staying for longer than a year should apply for a residential certificate, while the proposed draft requires visitors to do so within a month after entering China, "if their visa requires". Liu Guofu, an immigrat...

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