On 18 October meeting chaired by Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog agrees to study FRT (Facial Recognition Technology) in India.
Facial Recognition Technology is a biometric technology for identifying a person by analysing the characteristics of a person’s face images taken with a digital camera.
FRT improves security measures enormously. It is being used for examination, investigation, and monitoring by Governments all over the world to identify potential and current threats.
The study ‘Handbook for responsible facial recognition technologies in India: A case study for Digi Yatra would be conducted by an independent think tank, Centre for Applied Law and Technology Research (ALTR), Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi, which will have a budget of Rs 23.17 lakh in a period of 4 months.
Dr VK Saraswat, a NITI Aayog member who looks after science and technology, highlighted the security angle of the technology and flagged the issue of misuse related to facial recognition technology.
A representative from Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy raised a big concern related to FRT in India of ‘the level 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.
Source– The Indian Express