You are reading it here first: India’s plans of deploying a controversial national level facial recognition surveillance tool are gathering pace. In a meeting held on Monday afternoon, between potential bidders for the Automated Facial Recognition System and officials from the National Crime Records Bureau, bidders enquired how many law enforcement agencies are expected to use the surveillance tool at the same time, and if there is a possibility to allow a consortium of companies to place a joint bid. Concerns around the quality standards of the 1.5 crore strong facial dataset which is to form the foundation of the surveillance tool, were also raised, as was the question if that dataset will include pictures of juveniles. NCRB’s deputy director Prashun Gupta, and joint director of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Sanjay Mathur, were present at…
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