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How is facial recognition used in today’s world? When is it problematic? Explain with special focus on the using it in policing system of the country.

Topic:  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

6. How is facial recognition used in today’s world? When is it problematic? Explain with special focus on the using it in policing system of the country.(250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why this question:

The author of the article argues for the use of counter-crime facial recognition technology. Thus the context of the question.

Key demand of the question:

Discuss the utility of facial recognition, the problems and concerns associated with it. Present then a case of utilizing the same in the policing system of a country.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define what facial recognition system is.

Body:

First explain that there has been growing consensus that the police duties should not be restricted to the mere maintenance of peace in public places but should focus equally on crime prevention and detection.

While preventing a crime is difficult and usually beyond human capacity (because of the dimensions and complexities of modern society), solving a crime is relatively easy.

Discuss counter-crime facial recognition technology and its applications.

Discuss India’s efforts in this direction, explain the concerns associated.

Conclusion:

Conclude that though modern technologies like facial recognition technology is fraught with hidden dangers, there should be hope that care and sophistication in its implementation would help transform investigation.