Apple Supplier Uses High-Tech Method to Catch Underage Workers

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One of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) suppliers has recently started using a high-tech method to combat the problem of underage workers. Pegatron, a major manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone 5C, started using facial recognition technology earlier this year as part of its efforts to screen out underage workers, reports The Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, the system operates by matching employees’ faces with their government-issued IDs. Pegatron also verifies the authenticity of the ID cards with the police. The preliminary ID verification process and the facial recognition system should theoretically prevent underage workers from gaining access to the factory by using another employee’s ID card.

As noted by the publication, the legal working age in China is 16, although Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct states, “the minimum age for employment or work shall be 15 years of age.” However, a recent employee death revealed that even Pegatron’s stringent system can be overcome if a worker tries hard enough.

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