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7 Nov 2019

Al Jazeera

Privacy concerns as India readies facial recognition system

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As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology analysts warned of the risks to privacy and from increased surveillance... "there is little information on where it will be deployed, what the data will be used for, and how data storage will be regulated" said Apar Gupta [executive director, Internet Freedom Foundation]... [technology site Comparitech said that there is] "little correlation between the number of public CCTV cameras and crime or safety"... "Being watched will become synonymous with being safe, only because of a constant, perpetual curfew on individual autonomy. This risks further entrenching marginalisation and discrimination of vulnerable sections." said Vidushi Marla [lawyer and artificial intelligence researcher at Article 19].

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