Even though we are in the middle of an unusual crisis, lets not forget that there is a constant need to protect our fundamental rights. Use of facial recognition in conjunction with thermal imaging is now being proposed for identifying Covid-19 patients. All this without a data protection law in place. There is no guarantee of privacy and such use could lead to further societal harms. There have been multiple news reports wherein it is being reported that suspected patients are being ostracized by their communities. Thus, the need for a strong data protection law is now greater than ever.
Read IFF’s position on facial recognition technology in the blogpost below and let us know your views about this invasive technology. Looking forward to a lively discussion.