RTI to MHA on Bengaluru Safe City Project dated March 7, 2022

The information sought herein pertains to the grant of Bengaluru Safe City Project to Honeywell on Oct 21, 2021. Kindly make available the following information through a DVD or over email as available with the administration, under section 6 of the RTI Act:

Please provide information in response to the following queries:

  1. Please state the legislation or rule under which there is an active proposal to install 7,000 CCTV cameras at 3,000 locations in Bengaluru.

  2. Please state whether any legal opinion has been sought for the procurement of facial recognition technology. If yes, please provide a copy of the legal opinion. If not, then reasons thereof.

  3. Please state whether any cost-benefit analysis, feasibility study or privacy impact assessment has been conducted for the deployment of facial recognition technology. If yes, please provide a copy of the final report. If not, then reasons thereof.

  4. Please state whether there are any guidelines, policies, rules or standard operating procedure governing the use of facial recognition technology and/ or all other technology proposed to be implemented under the Bengaluru Safe City Project. If yes, please provide a copy of the guidelines, policies, rules or standard operating procedure.

  5. Please state the specific purposes for which facial recognition technology is proposed to be used under the Bengaluru Safe City project.

  6. Please state the total expenditure incurred (in rupees) on procurement and maintenance of facial recognition technology and other technologies with an annual breakdown.

  7. Please provide a copy of the following documents relating to the tender issued under the Bengaluru Safe City Project:

    a. All tender documents including Request for Proposals, Request for Quotations, and Scope of Work;

    b. List of bidders who applied for the tender;

    c. Work Order issued to the selected bidder and the conditions of the contract.

  8. Please provide an exhaustive list of persons and/or organizations authorised to operate and use facial recognition technology.

  9. Please provide details of the software and hardware being used for facial recognition.

  10. Please provide details of the database(s) in which images are stored for the purpose of facial recognition including:

    a. Where these images are sourced from

    b. Where is this database located

    c. Which persons and/or organizations who have access to this database

  11. Please provide a copy of the accuracy reports of such facial recognition technology which is being used or is proposed to be used.

  12. Please provide information whether any third party assessments have been made of the facial recognition technology being used. If yes, please provide a copy of the report of such assessment.

  13. Please provide an exhaustive list of databases with which the facial recognition technology will be linked in order to identify individuals.

  14. Please provide information with regard to the accuracy rate of the facial recognition technology being used.

In case the above requested information is not in digital form to be shared by DVD or through email, kindly provide physical printed photocopies of the same.

Filed to: Ministry of Home Affairs
Status: Response Received
Published By
Anushka Jain

Anushka Jain

Associate Counsel (Surveillance & Transparency), IFF

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