Vendors bidding for the NCRB's (National Crime Records Bureau) centralised automatic facial recognition system (AFRS) raised queries on its future integration with other systems, and asked how it would deal with plastic surgery cases in a pre-bid held by the NCRB on July 25. Internet Freedom Foundation obtained the minutes of this meeting via RTI. About 80 vendors attended the meeting chaired by NCRB’s deputy director, A. Mohan Krishna. The bureau's joint assistant director Pawan Bharadwaj was also present. On June 28, NCRB had called for bids for implementation of a centralised AFRS. Its request for proposal stated that this was being done to modernise the police, gather information, identify criminals, among other things. AFRS would also allow information dissemination among various police organisations and units, said the RFP. Here's what happened in the meeting, according to the RTI: 1. Some queries…
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