The facial recognition system in Moscow is salable
The facial recognition system in Moscow is salable

According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a Moscow digital rights activist gained access to the city's comprehensive facial recognition system for 16,000 rubles (around $ 200).

After Anna Kuznetsova saw the telegram announcement of the possibility of using a facial recognition camera in Moscow, she transferred the money and a photo of it to the seller.

Two days later, Kuznetsova received a full report of her actions over the past month, including a list of all the capital city addresses located in Moscow over the past month. The cameras appear to have been removed directly from the police system.

Moscow's facial recognition system has expanded to more than 100,000 cameras across the city and should be limited to law enforcement.

It is not known how a vendor can secure access through corruption or digital piracy.

Two officers were investigated after the accident, but Kuznetsova filed a lawsuit to stop the case pending clarification.

Kuznetsova believes that the system will pose a clear threat to the public as long as the system is available. "A crazy person can use this system to track you and criminals can check your conditions," she told Reuters. Every now and then, steal your house or cut yourself and whatever might happen.

Moscow police activated facial recognition technology in January, and the system is one of the most comprehensive functions in the city, but it is not the only one.

In July, it was revealed that Rite Aid has been using facial recognition technology in its network of hundreds of stores to prevent theft and violent crime for more than eight years.

In response to these issues, several US cities have banned public institutions from using facial recognition technology, including San Francisco, Boston and Portland.

The new incident comes after human rights activists filed several lawsuits against the Russian authorities over the past few months over the use of facial recognition technology.

The advent of cloud computing and artificial intelligence has made the technology so popular around the world that its proponents say it should provide greater security and efficiency, but as critics have said, the response is also growing: at the expense of privacy and surveillance at the expense of benefits.

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