Uyghur emotion detection testing

May 2021
Updated: December 2021

The Chinese government is testing a camera system that detects the emotions of the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region of China.

The allegations were made to the BBC on condition of anonymity by a software engineer who says he installed the system.

'The Chinese government use Uyghurs as test subjects for various experiments just like rats are used in laboratories' the software engineer said, before stating that the system is meant for 'pre-judgment without any credible evidence.'

Most people, he says, are categorised as anxious or scared.

Home to 12 million ethnic minority Uyghurs, Xinjiang residents are under more or less constant surveillance.

Human Rights Watch has recently published a report detailing a policy of torture, disappearances, and cultural erasure in the province.

Operator: Government of China
Developer: Dahua, Hikvision
Country: China
Sector: Govt - police
Purpose: Strengthen security
Technology: Emotion detection
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance; Accuracy/reliability
Opacity: Existence