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India plans facial recognition tool to detect faces with masks, sparking privacy concerns

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A government-sponsored facial recognition surveillance system, billed as India’s largest such effort to date, is proposing to detect faces when covered with masks, or even modified by plastic surgery. According to a fresh tender issued last week by the National Crime Records Bureau, the surveillance tool will process more than a crore facial images, and will also integrate with existing centralised crime databases like CCTNS.