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Amnesty confronts facial recognition, surveillance in Hyderabad by calling for a blanket ban

Amnesty International takes aim at one of the top surveillance cities in India with a new campaign.

“Hyderabad is on the brink of becoming a total surveillance city. It is almost impossible to walk down the street without risking exposure to facial recognition,” said Matt Mahmoudi, Amnesty International’s AI and Big Data researcher in a statement. Amnesty International has criticised the usage of facial recognition in Hyderabad and has launched a campaign, in collaboration with the Internet Freedom Foundation and Article 19, that pushes for a ban on such technology. The campaign also draws attention to the construction of a Command and Control Centre in Hyderabad which is "intended to connect the State's vast facial recognition-capable CCTV infrastructure in real time", the statement by Amnesty International read. Facial recognition technology can track who you are, where you go, what you do, and who you know. It threatens human rights including the right to privacy, and puts some…

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