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Moscow court case challenges city’s facial recognition use after launch – Source Reuters Tech News

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court on Friday will hear a legal challenge to Moscow’s rollout of facial recognition technology over privacy fears, after the final piece of its video surveillance jigsaw fell into place with the awarding of a software contract last month.

A signboard with the logo of software firm NTechLab is on display at the company’s offices in Moscow, Russia January 24, 2020. Picture taken January 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alexander Marrow

Moscow has stepped up its drive to roll out facial recognition technology over the past year, spending or allocating at least 3.3 billion roubles ($53.3 million) on hardware for the project, the database of state purchases showed.

With Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin aiming to have 200,000 cameras across the city — 175,000 of which are already in place — the 12.5 million inhabitants of Russia’s capital fell under the watchful eye of one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems when it became fully operational on Jan. 1.


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