Ugandan police accused of using facial recognition to stifle Museveni term protests
Occurred: November 2020
Ugandan police were accused of using a facial recognition system supplied by Chinese company Huawei to track, arrest, and torture protesters against President Yoweri Museveni’s November 2020 decision to seek another term in office.
A Ugandan police spokesperson denied that the technology was used to monitor opposition figures but confirmed that a new surveillance system was in use.
Operator: Government of Uganda; Uganda Police Force
Sector: Govt - home/interior; police
Purpose: Identify individuals
Technology: Facial analysis; Safe city
Issue: Dual/Multi-use; Governance; Human/civil rights; Privacy; Surveillance
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Published: October 2023