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NCRB invites bids to implement Automated Facial Recognition System

On June 28, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) called for applicants to bid for the implementation of a centralised Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS). The ad defined the broad scope of work in fairly innocuous terms — “supply, installation and commissioning of hardware and software at NCRB” — but the detailed request for proposal (RFP) is anything but innocuous. The RFP states that this “is an effort in the direction of modernising the police force, information gathering, criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organisations and units across the country”. NCRB is responsible for collecting and analysing criminal data which is subsequently used by Indian police. It is supposed to annually release statistics on crimes committed in India. The Bureau released its last report in 2017, for the year 2016. For years 2017 and 2018, NCRB hasn’t released…

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