Project Panoptic

Government endorses the use of facial recognition for “touchless” vaccination process

We filed an RTI application with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to verify reports about the government using facial recognition technology (FRT) for the verification of beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccines. In their response the Ministry confirmed the use of FRT.

From investigation to conviction: How does the Police use FRT?

In this post, we look at how the Police uses facial recognition technology based on its accuracy rates as well as analyse the admissibility of FRT based evidence in courts.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for May, 2021

Since our last report in the month of April, IFF has filed 32 RTI requests and 1 first appeal. Here, we give you an overview of the requests filed and explain why demanding transparency from government authorities is one of the key elements in our fight to protect digital rights.

Facial Recognition Laws in China #ProjectPanoptic

In the third part of our series on FRT regulation around the world, we will take a look at what are the existing laws regulating FRT in China, the reality of FRT development & use by it and how it affects India.

Hyderabad Police force people to remove their masks before photographing them. We sent a legal notice. #SaveOurPrivacy

Hyderabad Police is forcing people to remove masks and photographing them. We sent a legal notice to the Police Commissioner about this.

The Delhi Govt. is using facial recognition on children in Govt. schools #ProjectPanoptic

We wrote to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) urging them to step in to protect child rights in Delhi against use of harmful facial recognition technology in schools.

Facial Recognition Laws in Europe #ProjectPanoptic

In the second part of our series on FRT regulation around the world, we will take a look at what are the existing laws regulating FRT in Europe and where regulation is headed.

Digital Transparency: A Right to Information Report for April, 2021

Since our last report in the month of March, IFF has filed 7 RTI requests. Here, we give you an overview of the requests filed and why demanding transparency from government authorities is one of the key elements in our fight to protect digital rights which has taken a hit in the lockdown.

Facial Recognition Laws in the United States #ProjectPanoptic

In the first part of our new series on FRT regulation around the world, we will take a look at what are the existing laws regulating FRT in the United States, how they developed and where regulation is headed.

We urge CBSE to consider the pandemic as a time for care for students, not violations of their privacy.

Read our analysis of CBSE's response to our representation on facial recognition use on students for access to digital documents.