India's tech hub Hyderabad zooms in on facial recognition technology

A police officer showing how the authorities will be scanning faces in Hyderabad, India. PHOTO: COURTESY OF TELANGANA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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BANGALORE - Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana in southern India, is trying to use facial recognition technology for everything, from penalising traffic violators to distributing subsidised food-grain, leading privacy activists to warn about a "total surveillance city".

Facial recognition technology works by identifying distinct points on an individual's face and creating a unique map of it.

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