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Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah has stated in Parliament today that facial recognition technology is being used to identify perpetrators in the Delhi Riots investigation.…
The facial recognition system has been fed data from Aadhaar, driving license and voter ID databases. The use of Aadhaar for this purpose without any judicial authorisation violates the judgement of the Supreme Court in KS Puttaswamy v. UoI (2019).
ICYMI, facial recognition technology was first acquired by the Delhi Police to identify missing children. In 2019, the system had an accuracy rate of 1% and it even failed to distinguish between boys and girls.…
We had previously sent a legal notice to the Delhi Government in December 2019 about use of facial recognition technology against protestors without any legal basis or procedural safeguards.

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Update: There are reports that the Home Minister did not mention Aadhaar in his speech and there was incorrect reporting by several media houses. We would request @AltNews @boomlive_in @FactCheckIndia to review the speech and do a fact check.
Even without integration with Aadhaar, serious concerns regarding mass surveillance remain, especially since the use of facial recognition technology in India is not governed by any legislative framework.
We had filed an RTI with the Delhi Police about their facial recognition system. In its response dated 20 Feb 2020, the Delhi Police stated that the system had not been used till then to identify individuals at protests or rallies but the system is clearly activated now.
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