The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has extended the deadline to submit bids for the Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) to January 31, 2020, due to “administrative reasons”. This is the fifth time that the bureau has extended the deadline, with the previous one being January 3, 2020. The first deadline set by NCRB for submission of bids was August 16. The AFRS is a centralised web application, and is expected to be the foundation for “a national level searchable platform of facial images”. MediaNama has reached out to NCRB to understand the reasons for extension. In November 2019, the NCRB had justified the legality of AFRS using a CCTNS Cabinet Note from 2009, where a system, akin to the AFRS, was envisaged. Based on this note alone, the Bureau said that the AFRS has cabinet approval, and is hence, legal. While…
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