Facial recognition software will be used to verify voters in 10 polling stations in the Medchai Malkajgiri district to "reduce impersonation cases," the Telangana state election commission said in an online notification late last week. Telangana's move comes as facial recognition technology is being installed in airports, railway stations and cafes across India, and as the government prepares to roll out a nationwide system, likely to be the world's biggest. Yet the ruling has not held back the rollout of facial recognition technology, according to digital rights activists who say its use is problematic without a data protection law. India is not the only country to use facial recognition in elections. Afghanistan used it in presidential polls last year, a move that women's rights activists said deterred many female voters from participating.
Source: Dhaka Tribune January 22, 2020 08:15 UTC