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Withdraw facial recognition systems from Telangana civic elections, says AIMIM to state election commission

The deployment of facial recognition systems at polling booths in the civic elections in Telangana should be withdrawn, the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) said in a letter to the state’s election commission. These facial recognition systems violate the right to privacy, since their deployment doesn’t have any statutory basis and serves no legitimate state aim, wrote Syed Amin-ul-Hasan Jafri, a member of the party’s legislative committee, and also a member of the state legislative council, in the letter. “In the absence of any statutory procedure to seek consent from individuals, this procedure is fraught with constitutional irregularity," Jafri said. Difficult to seek consent at polling booths: He further argued that there can be no assumption of consent inside a polling booth and collection of such data without consent would be a violation of citizens’ right to privacy. Also, if…

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