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India: Govt. plans to implement large-scale facial recognition system; civil society groups express concerns regarding privacy & surveillance

Under the Narendra Modi government, India is planning to roll out a wide-spread facial recognition system which the government says is to help identify missing people and dead bodies, as well as to fight crime. Civil society groups and technology analysts have expressed concerns about risks to privacy, increased surveillance, and greater marginalisation of minorities given what they see as a lack of legal and policy framework. In June 2019, the National Crime Records Bureau invited bids from companies to help build this system and then extended the bid untul January 2020.

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