March 5, 2020
A Moscow court ruled on Tuesday that the city’s facial recognition system does not violate the privacy of its citizens – a blow to activists who had hoped to ban the technology’s use.
City authorities are using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so.
Lawyer and activist Alena Popova and opposition politician Vladimir Milov of the Solidarnost party had filed a case against Moscow´s Department of Technology (DIT), which manages the capital´s video surveillance program, seeking to ban the technology´s use at mass events and protests.
Moscow completed its facial recognition rollout with the awarding of a small software contract in December, having already spent at least 3.3 billion roubles ($50 million) on hardware, and its system now boasts more than 105,000 surveillance cameras fitted with the technology.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:15 am