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Chinese government uses facial recognition app to pay out pensions hopes to offer integrated services to elderly users

Laolai's mobile application is designed to enable elderly citizens provide identification and verify it in order to receive social security benefits. (Photo courtesy of

BEIJING -- A facial recognition app,, is being used by China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, to ascertain pension payouts and avoid fraud.

The Laolai mobile app is designed to enable elderly citizens to prove their identity in order to receive social security benefits. Some 250 million retirees now use the app, which was developed into an online platform for a wide range of services for elderly consumers, including health care, financial, live-streaming and e-commerce services.

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