Face Recognition App Leaks Photos Of Suspects From Madurai Police Database

Kritti Bhalla reports:

In a major privacy breach, Tamil Nadu police’s Madurai unit’s database of thousands of ‘suspected criminals’ was made public without its knowledge. The database included names and photographs of the people under the scanner.

The leaked data also included OTP codes, administrator password and details of the police officers using the app. The database was found by security researchers Robert Baptiste, also known as Elliot Alderson, and Oliver Hough. The duo took to Twitter to report the data breach.

Read more on Inc42.  It’s not clear how much of the data/names are  accurate.  In a press release, the company claimed it was a test set and referred to “dummy” data.

“The photos and names are from a test set, they may not necessarily be exact matches. They could be indicative names assigned to the photos to be checked later. This demo app is used to show how the product works,” the spokesperson added.

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