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Daily Dashboard | India's nationwide facial-recognition program brings privacy concerns Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 22 Nov. 2019

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Human rights and technology professionals have warned against privacy implications related to India's development of a nationwide facial-recognition system, Reuters reports. A contract for the system will be awarded this week, but the government has not explained specifics regarding the system's data collection, use and storage. "It is a mass surveillance system that gathers data in public places without there being an underlying cause to do so," Internet Freedom Foundation Executive Director Apar Gupta said. "Without a data protection law and an electronic surveillance framework, it can lead to social policing and control."
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