USA May Go the Opposite Way of China on Facial Recognition: Where Does India Stand?

With Black Lives Matter protests hitting the streets in USA in light of George Floyd’s murder, questions regarding the use of facial recognition by police departments to identify protestors came to light. This follows a known pattern, where preceding protests in Hong Kong led to questions being raised regarding the use of Chinese state-backed facial recognition, coupled with a directive to ban the wearing of masks to safeguard privacy. In India, a glimpse of this was also seen during the Delhi riots that took over the early part of 2020.…

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USA May Go the Opposite Way of China on Facial Recognition: Where Does India Stand?

With Black Lives Matter protests hitting the streets in USA in light of George Floyd’s murder, questions regarding the use of facial recognition by police departments to identify protestors came to light. This follows a known pattern, where preceding protests in Hong Kong led to questions being raised regarding the use of Chinese state-backed facial recognition, coupled with a directive to ban the wearing of masks to safeguard privacy. In India, a glimpse of this was also seen during the Delhi riots that took over the early part of 2020.…

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Facial Recognition Identified 1,100 Delhi Rioters, Says HM Amit Shah: How it Works

Union Home Minister Amit Shah makes a statement on the Delhi riots in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. (Photo: Twitter/ANI) The Advanced Facial Recognition Software (AFRS) is a tool used by Delhi Police since 2018. Here’s how it is working for the government. News18.com Last Updated: March 11, 2020, 8:17 PM IST Earlier today, Home Minister Amit Shah stated that facial recognition technology is being used extensively to identify and arrest perpetrators of violence and riots that have shaken up Delhi over the past few weeks. Speaking at the…

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Facial Recognition Now Being Used by Delhi, UP Police During Anti-CAA Protests

Police officials sitting atop a bus take videos of demonstrators during a protest against a citizenship law, in New Delhi, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Indian start-up Innefu is providing facial recognition software AI Vision, which also includes gait and body analysis, to the Delhi police. Reuters Last Updated: February 17, 2020, 6:28 PM IST When artist Rachita Taneja heads out to protest in New Delhi, she covers her face with a pollution mask, a hoodie or a scarf to reduce the risk of being identified by police…

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If You Thought Facial Recognition is a Privacy Nightmare, it is Only Going to Get Worse in India

In recent times, the use of facial recognition tools by the Delhi Police has come to light. The centre-governed police force has, time and again, been using what is known as Advanced Facial Recognition Software (AFRS) during parades, and notably, once at a political rally. While the use of facial recognition by government agencies across the world is nothing new, what is perhaps alarming to note is where this is leading to, in terms of privacy of common people. The fundamental working principle of Delhi Police’s AFRS tool is artificial…

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