Eight hundred million facial records left exposed by Chinese company, Xinai

A mass data breach that’s considered the second largest known after a one billion record breach in China earlier this summer, has been revealed also in China. In this case, human error at the Hangzhou tech company Xinai Electronics inadvertently exposed facial data of 800 million people. Additionally, the company’s database ties to its cloud-based vehicle license plate recognition system. Xinai’s exposed data was not password protected and was found easily available on the web, according to the data researcher who discovered it.

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