An illustrated article from Statista on 18 August said that a large proportion of countries around the world are now using Chinese AI surveillance technology, including facial recognition technology, in full or in part, according to a recent report. It is not only a prominent user of AI-powered surveillance and facial recognition but also a big producer and exporter of the technology. It mentions concerns that the potential of Chinese businesses not being independent enough from their government to ensure that there are no backdoors in any products through which unauthorised parties might gain access to applications. The article says that, despite the criticism about surveillance infringing on public freedoms, liberal democracies are most likely to use the technology. 51% were deploying some sort of AI surveillance, as opposed to 37% of closed autocratic states, 41% of electoral autocratic states and 41% of illiberal democracies.