Friday, October 29, 2021

Niti Aayog green lights study on facial recognition technology in India

New Delhi: The Niti Aayog has given the go-ahead for a study on facial recognition in India. The study will focus on the pros and cons of facial recognition and will be carried out by an independent not-for-profit Delhi-based legal think tank, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

The research proposal will look into the ramifications and safeguards that need to be ensured, legal positions and technical errors that could possibly arise in the near future.

The research proposal is in line with DYCE (Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem) program of Civil Aviation, which would enable passengers a smoother entry into airports across the country without showing their IDs.

As per the details, the latest study by the Niti Aayog was undertaken after the Ministry of Civil Aviation approached them asking for a central platform to be developed which could be used for airports across the country.

This was initially launched in 2018 and then several airports came up with their own applications/software for the same. The DYCE wanted it at a central level with an aim to leverage technology for smooth travel of passengers, a Niti Aayog official said.

"We had been approached by them (Digi Yatra) for developing a central system which could be rolled out on a national level. However, before developing something like this on a massive level, we decided to develop the platform on a Minimum Value Product, and the final applicants in the initiative are developing a system for the same," said an officer in Niti Aayog.

28/10/21 Mohit Sharma/India Today

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