A European petition against mass biometric surveillance

The Reclaim your face collective, which brings together forty associations for the defense of freedoms, is launching a European citizens’ initiative (ICE) against what it calls mass biometric surveillance. This approach therefore aims to obtain a million signatures to ask the European Commission to ban certain practices.

A threat to our fundamental freedoms

In line of sight, safe facial recognition, profiling or prediction that “Constitute a threat to the rule of law and to our fundamental freedoms”, states the text. At the head of this initiative, the organization EDRi. In France, La Quadrature du Net, La Ligue des droits de l’Homme and the Syndicat de la Magistrature are associated with it.

The idea is to prevent governments, law enforcement or private companies from using recording devices such as video surveillance, combined with facial recognition software to collect biometric data. Reclaim your face denounces a real « capture » in public spaces, shops or sports facilities. “It comes down to treating us like walking barcodes”, can we still read on the site.

Source : Reclaim your face

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