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Hyderabad Police again conducting facial recognition scans of ‘suspects’ during patrolling

Controversial facial recognition technology has emerged as a pervasive part of policing in Hyderabad.

Akin to the facial recognition scans of citizens by Hyderabad Police in 2019, the city police were recorded doing the same in parts of the city on November 12, a tweet showed. The Sultan Bazar Police Station in the Old City area of Hyderabad was conducting FRS of "suspects", as they claimed, but eventually subjecting random citizens to the technology. This comes a day after Amnesty International criticised the usage of facial recognition in Hyderabad and launched a campaign, in collaboration with the Internet Freedom Foundation and Article 19, pushing for a blanket ban on such technology. While responding to the query of a Twitter user inquiring about the kind of scans two police constables were taking up near Osmania Medical College in Koti, the verified Twitter page of Sultan Bazar police said that it was part of patrolling cops' official duty and that they were scanning "suspect persons" using a tab. https://twitter.com/shosulthanbazar/status/1458427547532754948 It is unclear what criteria is behind the Hyderabad Police deciding whom to scan and subject to facial recognition. As documented earlier, people in Hyderabad have been subjected to such scans and activists have maintained that these technologies are discriminatory towards underprivileged sections of the society. The Hyderabad City Police has a history of introducing tech-related invasive measures that seemingly do not have any legal backing. We delete data of those who do not throw any matches from system: Police A Hyderabad City Police official on condition of anonymity confirmed to MediaNama that these facial recognition scans…

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