Face for sale: leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

Moscow's Big Brother state is great for fighting crime, but infringes on privacy, activists claim

09 November 2020 - 19:57 By Umberto Bacchi

When Anna Kuznetsova saw an advert offering access to Moscow’s face recognition cameras, all she had to do was pay 16,000 roubles (R3,231) and send a photo of the person she wanted spying on.

The 20-year-old — who was acting as a volunteer for a digital rights group investigating leaks in Moscow’s pervasive surveillance system — sent over a picture of herself and waited...

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