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Government wants to scan your face, share data with police - draft policy

11 May 2021 11:03 AM
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CCTV
Big Brother Africa
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POPIA
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Melissa Cawthra
African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum
APCOF

"The draft policy proposes the centralisation of biometric info of all residents into a single database," says Melissa Cawthra.

The Department of Home Affairs has a new “draft identity management policy”.

It proposes enabling the government to capture biometric information with a surveillance camera using facial recognition software.

The government will then link the data with a population register to which the police will have access without a court order.

The draft policy also proposes warrant-free searches of anybody.

The South African government wants to watch more closely - and share the data. © Andriy Popov/123rf.com

POPIA was recently signed into law, almost a decade after being written.

It does not make provisions for surveillance by CCTV.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed Melissa Cawthra, a programme and research officer at the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF).

Is this the price of national security?

The idea is to build a national identification system… modernising the population register.

Melissa Cawthra, research officer - African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

The draft policy proposes the centralisation of biometric information of all residents in South Africa – nationals and non-nationals – into a single database, and that this information be shared with other government departments…

Melissa Cawthra, research officer - African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

There are no security safeguards in place relating to information sharing… A lot of surveillance technologies come with facial recognition software… The pace of the law has not kept up with the pace of technological innovation…

Melissa Cawthra, research officer - African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

The information regulator… in theory, has a lot of teeth… It just needs to be fully operationalised…

Melissa Cawthra, research officer - African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum

Listen to the interview in the audio below.




11 May 2021 11:03 AM
Tags:
CCTV
Big Brother Africa
Refilwe Moloto
policing
surveillance
POPIA
facial recognition
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
draft identity management policy
Melissa Cawthra
African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum
APCOF

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