Chinese manufacturer Pegatron, which produces Apple’s iPhone 5C, started using facial recognition software after a minor worker died from pneumonia.
The death of a 15-year-old Pegatron worker forced Apple’s Shangai supplier Pegatron to radically improve its hiring procedure. In order to avoid hiring minors who are using someone else’s IDs, they will now use a facial recognition software to verify that the job applicants are who they claim to be. This decision has been prompted by the recent death from pneumonia of a young worker. After his death, it was discovered that he was only 15 and that he managed to get the job at Pegatron by using his older cousin’s ID.
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Apple Balla reports that Pegatron’s job applicants will now undergo a strict three-step verification process, which will ensure that they comply with all relevant laws required for the employment at Pegatron:
- Their Resident ID will be scanned to make sure it is authentic. These IDs are issued by the Chinese government. The data on each person issued with an ID is also contained in the government database.
- The Pegatron personnel staff will use a facial recognition program make a comparison between the applicant’s face and the photo on the ID.
- The police database will be checked to make sure that the applicant has no criminal record.
Chinese manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to comply with all the labor laws in the country, particularly the law which forbids the employment of people under 16. Finding enough workers for hundreds of thousands of jobs is difficult as it is, without having to check if any of them is younger than they claim to be.
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Apple also has very strict policy forbidding employment of children under 16. The company recently terminated the contract with one Chinese contractor when it was discovered that it employed 74 underage children.