Facial recognition push in South raises rights concern

Telecom firms under focus for ultimatum to phone users on submission of photos; isoc denies sending registration message

Rights defenders raised concerns yesterday over the move to force all |cellphone users in the restive South to submit their pictures for facial-recognition identification.

Those who fail to do so by October 31 would have their cellphone service blocked. 

“The use of facial-recognition technology risks violating people’s privacy and freedom. It also mean users could be discriminated against,” the Cross Cultural Foundation said yesterday. 

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