IDEC notifies Dataprev to suspend bidding process for the acquisition of facial recognition technology

IDEC notifies Dataprev to suspend bidding process for the acquisition of facial recognition technology

Dataprev – a public company responsible for Brazilian´s data security and social security information – was notified by the Brazilian Institute of Consumer Protection (IDEC). IDEC´s aim is suspension of the company´s bidding process for the acquisition of technology for the use of biometric data of facial and fingerprint recognition until the recurrent leaks of social security beneficiaries´ data are remedied.

The leaked data appears to have been used to commit fraud and harassment by offering payroll loans to retirees and pensioners. IDEC, therefore, argues that new personal and sensitive data processing systems would not be feasible without Dataprev taking appropriate measures to ensure the security of information beforehand. In its defense, the company claims that it will not suspend bidding procedures as it believes personal data are handled securely and with adequate levels of protections. Furthermore, it claims any eventual occurrence of data leak or fraud would be particular and specific cases of ethical misconduct, to be dealt with by the competent authorities.

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Collaboration: intern Bruna Toniolo Lopes.