No facial recognition in a stadium, warns the CNIL

The president of the CNIL sent a warning to a sports club that was experimenting with a facial recognition system in order to automatically identify people who are subject to a commercial ban. This system was also aimed at the detection of abandoned objects and the fight against terrorism.

However, a system that is based on the processing of biometric data is not lawful with regard to the RGPD and the Data Protection Act. It would require a special legislative or regulatory provision, which is not the case. If the sports club nevertheless proceeds to the implementation of such a system, it will be exposed to corrective measures, and in particular a financial penalty, recalls the CNIL.

This warning comes at a time when a collective of forty associations for the defense of freedoms called “Reclaim your face” has just launched a European citizens’ initiative against mass biometric surveillance in public spaces, shops or – two days ago. precisely – sports facilities.

Source: CNIL

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