For the last few months, India has witnessed protests across the length and breadth of the country. The target of protesters’ ire has been the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA), which aims to amend the definition of illegal immigrant for Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Parsi refugees from neighbouring Muslim-majority countries. Though this would result in citizenship for these refugees, the CAA does not make a similar allowance for Muslims.
Watch this space: New Bill could unleash facial recognition free-for-all
India's National Crime Records Bureau has drafted a Bill that could turn the country into a surveillance state, and it dovetails ominously with the government's facial recognition ambitions
While video surveillance has become common in India today, it has no legal basis yet. This could soon change
The Ministry of Home Affairs plans to table a Bill to legalise collection of biometrics of mere suspects
If passed in its current form, the Bill will provide legislative backing to the NCRB's ambitious facial recognition system
With technology and law on its side, the government could virtually turn India into a surveillance state