The use of the NCRB facial recognition tool does not violate privacy: Government
NEW DELHI: The Interior Ministry reported on Wednesday that the (NCRB) had been authorized to use automated (AFRS) for the identification of criminals, unclaimed bodies and missing and found persons. However, he insisted that this would not violate privacy, since AFRS would depend solely on the records and only law enforcement agencies could access it.
State Minister for the Home, G Kishan Reddy, in a written response to a question about AFRS, said the NCRB had approved the implementation of AFRS.
According to the NCRB proposal, AFRS will facilitate the identification of criminals, unidentified bodies and lost and found persons through the registration, analysis, recovery and easy exchange of information between different organizations. AFRS will be a mobile and web application hosted at the NCRB data center (which manages data for the police) in Delhi but used by all police stations in the country.
The NCRB plans to integrate AFRS with multiple databases such as the network and crime and crime tracking systems (CCTNS), the integrated criminal justice system, the state-specific database systems and the khoya-paya portal managed by the office.
CCTNS is a nationwide database of criminal and suspicious incidents that interconnects FIRs, investigations and charge sheets of all police stations. .
The integrated criminal justice system is any computer network that allows professionals and justice agencies to access and share information electronically between systems and between jurisdictional lines. The Khoya-paya portal is a citizen-based website to exchange information about missing and found children.
Cyber experts have warned against the possible abuse of facial recognition technology as a control tool and the risk it poses to the privacy and data of citizens in the absence of a data protection law.