Facial recognition push in southern Thailand raises rights concern

Rights defenders raised concerns yesterday over the move to force all cellphone users in the restive South to submit their pictures for facial-recognition identification.

Those who fail to do so by October 31 would have their cellphone service blocked.

“The use of facial-recognition technology risks violating people’s privacy and freedom. It also mean users could be discriminated against,” the Cross Cultural Foundation said yesterday.

The foundation says telecom firms might have decided to collect the pictures of cellphone users in the deep South in response to a policy of security agencies that has led to racial profiling.

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