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India State Demands Selfies of Virus Quarantines

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By    |   Monday, 30 March 2020 07:48 PM

A state in India has come under fire for an edict requiring those under quarantine for the coronavirus to send in an hourly selfie to prove they are not leaving their homes.

BuzzFeed News reports the state of Karnataka issued a press release saying quarantine individuals must download an app on their phones, then use the app to take a selfie every hour between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.

The app uses the phone's GPS coordinates to verify they are at home, and apparently facial recognition to ensure they are actually the person they purport to be.

If the person does not comply or sends an incorrect photo, the are sent to a mass quarantine facility.

India citizens criticized the move on social media as an invasion of privacy.

BuzzFeed noted the Indian state of Maharashtra began stamping hands of those flying into the country with indelible ink with dates indicating how long they must remain in their houses.

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