In a post-COVID world, we see the adoption of facial recognition technologies further intensifying. Law enforcement agencies have observed immense benefits in criminal tracing and crime prevention with facial recognition technologies, yet the dangers to privacy and misuse of data are widely recognised as well. This paper outlines the use cases of facial recognition technologies in the Indian context and unpacks the technological and institutional aspects, with respect to the police, governing facial recognition technologies. It further gives short-term and long-term solutions that must be implemented before wide-scale deployment of these technologies is undertaken.
Note: This work was done by the author/s when they were a part of the IDFC Institute and is republished here with permission.