China is using facial recognition technology to crack down on hospital scalpers in the country’s capital, as authorities seek to eliminate the illegal sale of medical appointments at inflated prices.

The Beijing Municipal Health Commission (BMHC) said that 30 hospitals in the capital city had collected the facial data of more than 2,000 people who had been punished for booking and selling medical appointments in bulk, reports the Beijing Daily (in Chinese).

Scalpers sell appointments at inflated rates to hospital goers hoping to skip queues, which in turn can result in longer waits for those who can’t afford their prices. Around 900 hospital touts were arrested in Beijing last year as part of a citywide crackdown.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.