The Web Freedom Basis (IFF) has despatched a authorized discover to the secretary, Ministry of Dwelling Affairs and the commissioner of Delhi Police for utilizing facial recognition software program at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally on the Ramlila Maidan on December 22. In accordance with IFF, using facial recognition system for mass surveillance is against the law beneath the Indian structure, and can’t be utilized by the state to invade upon the privateness of its personal residents.
In what’s believed to be the primary such documented case of mass surveillance utilizing facial recognition software program within the nation, the police is believed to have deployed its Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS), which was initially commissioned final 12 months to search out lacking kids. The expertise is believed to have been equipped by an organization referred to as Innefu Labs, which is claimed to supply law-enforcement options, together with an AI-enabled 360-degree facial recognition expertise referred to as ‘Prophecy’.
In accordance with studies, the police used the expertise not solely on the aforementioned Modi rally final week, but additionally at numerous rallies and conferences being held throughout the town over the controversial CAA and NRC points. Whereas the expertise is being growing adopted at numerous public locations, together with airports, workplaces and cafes across the nation, using such invasive expertise by the State is sending the alarm bells ringing amongst digital privateness advocates civil rights teams within the nation.
It’s value noting that facial recognition software program is turning into an more and more well-liked device for mass surveillance by governments around the globe whilst privateness advocates are desperately making an attempt to forestall its widespread deployment due to what it would imply for individuals’s privateness going ahead. China is without doubt one of the largest customers of such expertise, with the nation’s Communist regime having already deployed it at airports, retail shops and even colleges.