Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
2) Do you think the recently proposed automated facial recognition system for improving outcomes in the area of Criminal identification and verification is opaque, vague and prone to misuse? Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article captures a detailed discussion on the recent move made by NCRB, which has proposed integrating facial recognition system with multiple existing databases. The most prominent is the NCRB-managed Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS). Facial recognition has been proposed in the CCTNS program since its origin.
Demand of the question:
Th answer must critically examine the pros and cons of such a move and suggest a way forward.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
State the relevance first, explain what you understand by automated facial recognition system.
Discuss the following aspects in the body of the answer –
- The question demands a detailed discussion on the concerns around using facial recognition. Explain that the Cyber experts across the world have cautioned against government abuse of facial recognition technology, as it can be used as tool of control and risks inaccurate results.
- Explain the issue of privacy infringement and others in detail.
- Form a fair and balanced opinion.
Conclude with what can be done and suggest a balanced way ahead.