The State Of Facial Recognition In India

Research by Bharath Pottekkat
Presented & Edited by Sumit Krishna Yadav

The Indian state is quickly adopting new forms of emerging technologies, especially facial recognition systems. Specifically, facial recognition is now being used by law enforcement to recognize and identify persons of interest swiftly. From the Prime Minister’s rally in Delhi to protests in Uttar Pradesh, this technology has been used time and again.

However, a quick look at the past warns us about some serious concerns that must be addressed. Why? Because while surveillance of citizenry might be useful to maintain law and order, it can become dangerous if it impedes citizens’ fundamental rights without robust levels of accountability. Beyond privacy, the efficiency of such systems have to be explored to ensure that individuals are not misidentified.

In this video, we take a look at how these concerns have been identified and addressed on a global scale. How are these questions an integral part of discourse in a democracy? What reforms are required before going forward?

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