Tencent Receives Patent for Blockchain-Based Missing Persons Poster

According to local media 36kr.com, Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent recently received a new patent for a blockchain-based missing perso...



According to local media 36kr.com, Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent recently received a new patent for a blockchain-based missing persons poster. The patent took nearly three years to issue from the date of its first submission in December 2019.

The paten consists of a request to generate data when the user submits that a person has disappeared. The proposal is then unveiled publicly on the blockchain for verification. Once a consensus has been reached regarding the request, it is then stored in the public ledger and transmitted to the nodes for dissemination to a wider audience. Tencent said in the patent application that the design aims to improve the efficiency of finding missing persons.

Tencent was an early adopter of blockchain technology among big tech companies, particularly when it came to exploring possibilities for integration with payment technology; though his efforts have been hampered somewhat by China’s strict crypto regulations. Yet his “FISCO BCOS” coinless blockchain jointly developed with Chinese telecom giant Huawei from 2018 for building decentralized applications remains active to this day.

Early July, Tencent close one of its non-fungible token platforms after the Chinese government clarified that it does not allow users to conduct private transactions after purchase, as well as a drop in sales.

China is currently embarking on a centralized approach to blockchain technology, with a policy significantly favoring its central bank digital currency in digital yuan (e-CNY) instead of digital tokens developed by private companies. Last week, the country rolled out its first-ever e-CNY-enabled social security card, which allows social assistance to be directly deposited into the recipient’s digital yuan account and used for expenses.