image source, EPA Image caption Rights groups fear AI may be used to persecute Uyghurs. This photowas taken on a Chinese government tour for journalists
Australian university requests controversial facial recognition study by former member faculty is retracted by its editor.
The research, co-funded by China, used software facial recognition to identify members of the Uyghur minority group.
But Curtin University said that the study violated ethical guidelines, with subjects not having given informed consent.
Editor, Wiley, said it was reviewing the research.
In a statement, Wiley said he had previously investigated the study and is now reviewing the case taking into account again new information provided by the Curtin University ".
China has faced several allegations of abuse against Uyghurs, including accusations of committing a genocide and forcibly sterilized women.
Human rights groups believe China has detained more than a million Uyghurs in a vast network of what the state calls "re-education camps ", and sentenced hundreds of thousands to prison terms.
China has denied all accusations that it mistreated Uyghurs.
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After Australian ABC News investigated the caseIn 2019, human rights groups warned facial recognition technology could be used to persecute minority groups.
Study author, academic Wanquan Liu, has since resigned and moved to a Chinese university. Hfrance.fr emailed him for comment.
Curtin University said the research was conducted without his consent, and he has now stepped up his oversight.
But the chairman of the Australian Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, James Paterson, said he remained concerned.
"This raises troubling questions about how this research was allowed to be carried out in the first place and why it went undetected for so long," he said. told ABC News.
media caption Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming: "There is no such concentration camp in Xinjiang
China-Australia relations have deteriorated in recent years, with universities being a flashpoint.
Pro-democracy Chinese students cautioned against harassment if they speak out on sensitive issues , while that the Australian government has set up a task force to tackle what it has described as "unprecedented levels" of foreign interference.
In a move likely to To further increase tensions, US President Joe Biden is expected to announce a plan to share advanced technologies with Britain and Australia.