The city with 830,000 surveillance cameras

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The “Big Brother” arrived and lives in India and specifically in the city Hyderabad.

In the capital of the state of Telangana in south central India are currently operating on the streets over 830.000 security cameras of its citizens, which instantly makes it one of the most watched cities in the world.

Such as reports TimesOfIndia, it is almost impossible to get out of your home and not be exposed to one of the thousands of surveillance cameras that constantly feed on advanced facial recognition systems, which then accumulatei in a huge database at the headquarters of the big city police with more than ten million inhabitants.

And it’s not just the cameras…

And it’s not just the cameras: even the police themselves constantly stop citizens on the street, force them to take off the mask they wear against the coronavirus and photograph them, although they are not suspicious, nor are they wanted, with the city having become, by nature and a place, a police-occupied and nightmarishly dystopian place to live.

The initiative in this situation was recently taken by international Amnesty, which in cooperation with the Indian NGO for the protection of digital freedoms and rights Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) raised the issue of citizens’ privacy and the need to lay down rules to protect them.

Together they mapped the surveillance cameras installed in Kala Patar and Kisan Bagh, two of Hyderabad’s neighborhoods.

They found out how through cameras, in the first case 53.7% and in the second 62.7% of the total area occupied by each neighborhood is monitored and controlled. According to the IFF, more research projects are currently underway in Telangana to develop advanced facial recognition systems than anywhere else in India.

However the Mass surveillance of citizens is not a new phenomenon in India with a population of 1.4 billion. Recently, advanced face recognition technologies have been widely used to identify voters in local elections as well as all those participating in protest marches and rallies, as well as for the monitoring the implementation of measures against coronavirus and pandemic.

It is obvious that The government of Narendra Monti has not done well on this issue.

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