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Russian court rules in favor of facial recognition over privacy claims – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: Police officers walk past a surveillance camera in central Moscow, Russia, January 26, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Moscow court ruled on Tuesday that the city’s facial recognition system does not violate the privacy of its citizens, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs told Reuters – a blow to activists who had hoped to ban the technology’s use.

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.

The system remained in operation while…

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