NITI Aayog okays examine on facial recognition tech in India

NITI Aayog has accredited a proposal to conduct a examine on using facial recognition know-how in India. The examine, to be performed by an unbiased think-tank, can have a funds of Rs 23.17 lakh.

According to sources, the choice was taken on 18 October throughout a gathering chaired by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar.

The minutes of the assembly learn: “After deliberations, the research study, ‘Handbook for responsible facial recognition technologies in India: A case study for Digi Yatra’ by Centre for Applied Law and Technology Research (ALTR), Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi was approved at a budget of Rs 23.17 in a timeline of 4 months…”
During the assembly, Kumar instructed the inclusion of knowledge on what institutional preparations have to be made to make use of the know-how, it’s learnt.

Sources stated NITI Aayog member Dr VK Saraswat, who takes care of science and know-how, highlighted the “security angle” and flagged the difficulty of “misuse / malpractices” associated to facial recognition know-how.

According to a supply, a consultant from Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy stated a “big concern” associated to FRT in India could be the extent of accuracy “since most of the data sets that are being used by the algorithm are Caucasian males and there are higher chances of inaccurate results even with white women”.