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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | Privacy advocates question facial-recognition use at Delhi rally Related reading: Notes from the Asia-Pacific region, 24 Jan. 2020

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Reuters reports the first-time deployment of facial-recognition technology at a political rally in Delhi has stirred privacy concerns. The system, which was originally devised for identifying missing children, was used to scan a crowd gathered to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak amid ongoing protests across India. A Delhi Police spokeswoman insisted "standard checks and balances against any potential misuse of data are in place"; however, privacy advocates remain skeptical about the tech's deployment. "The use of the system for profiling and surveillance at public congregations is illegal and unconstitutional. It is an act of mass surveillance," Internet Freedom Foundation Executive Director Apar Gupta said.
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