India: Fear over face recognition software at rally

India: Fear over face recognition software at rally

In the capital of India, the use of facial recognition software to monitor political rallies in the capital of India has increased the fear of public protest against the controversial citizenship law.

According to a foreign news agency 'Reuters' report, a Delhi police spokesman said that the police automated facial recognition system (AFRS) software to identify the children who were lost at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally on December 22. Was installed.

For the first time in India, the technology was used to identify a large number of political rally participants in airports, offices and cafes, an Indian technology expert said.

"Identification and monitoring of participants in public gatherings are illegal and unconstitutional, it is a step to public surveillance," said Apar Gupta, executive director of Digital Freedom Foundation, a digital advocacy foundation.

He said that 'Creating a database of public protests is a direct violation of the rights of ordinary Indian citizens to attend, freedom and political affairs'.

The Indian newspaper 'The Indian Express' quoted a Delhi Police spokesperson as saying that 'the police used the technology on certified confidential information to target the rally'.

The spokesperson said that 'Delhi police believe that the data is well-tested against misuse, making the database is not related to ethnic or religious profiling'.

News of the use of technology for face recognition during a political rally in India has come at a time when citizens are protesting against controversial laws across the country and more than 25 people have lost their lives in police firing. ۔

Police photos taken by cameras at several locations during protests have raised protesters' concerns and are being linked to the technology used to identify faces.

Indian authorities, on the other hand, said that technology is a source of a police force in many countries.

Internet Freedom Foundation Apar Gupta said that 'it was used in a peaceful public rally to find missing children who had absolutely no accountability or supervision'.

The Supreme Court of India in the famous decision of the National Biometric Identity Card Program in 2017 said that individual privacy is a fundamental right of everyone.

A personal data protection bill was introduced this month in the Indian Parliament, which empowered the government to obtain any personal and other information from the relevant company for welfare and its policies.

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