Russia court rules technology for facial recognition does not infringe privacy rights

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Mar 2020 3:09pm

Russia court rules technology for facial recognition does not infringe privacy rights

 Russian court ruled that facial recognition technology does not infringe the privacy rights of its citizens.

The Russian Government has collaborated with Ntechlab to provide software for facial recognition. Ntechlab developed the FindFace software which can be used to classify 70 percent accuracy of random individuals. All that is needed is a picture of a person and a social media account. Mainly, FindFace uses Vkontakte, a similar Facebook-like Russian social media network.

The country has already invested $50 million on hardware to operate the system. The software comes with over 105,000 surveillance cameras.

The ruling comes with protests in Moscow which are widely covered. More than 1,300 people were detained. Organizers opposed the election authorities ' decision to bar opposition candidates from running in town for local elections. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has recently stated that unsanctioned demonstrators will be granted jail time.

Kirill Koroteev, one of the lawyers in the case, stated that “this ruling shows there are no legal defenses for facial recognition complaints.”

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