FIGHTING FOR

A BAN ON BIOMETRIC MASS SURVEILLANCE IN PUBLIC SPACES

The biometric outrun

The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament launches a social impact video game, raising awareness on the urgent need to ban biometric surveillance in public spaces.

The playful, yet serious game will be used to inform and generate a deeper interest in the broader public about the risks of biometric data gathered in public spaces.

The player’s task is to navigate through public places and try to avoid different levels of surveillance systems. The pedagogic setting of the game calls on the player to collect real information, like news and articles, about the current state of the debate on the ban of biometrics. Each stage, however, brings the player to a higher level of surveillance.



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interactive map on current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the European Union

The map displays the current deployments and the actors of remote biometric identification (RBI) technologies in the EU

Biometric and behavioural mass surveillance in EU Member states

The aim of this report is to establish a problematised overview of what we know about what is currently being done in Europe when it comes to remote biometric identification (RBI), and to assess in which cases we could potentially fall into forms of biometric mass surveillance.

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Facial recognition in European cities: What you should know about biometric mass surveillance

As an effort to promote privacy and human rights in the EU, we at Greens/EFA got together with a team of international experts to understand where biometric mass surveillance is put to use all over Europe. Find out what we learned, and why must take action to ban the use of these technologies now - before it is too late.

Patrick Breyer
Opinion by Patrick Breyer

Why we must stop biometric surveillance in the EU

EDRi (the European Digital Rights network) has launched a European Citizen's Initiative calling for a ban on the use of biometric mass surveillance in public spaces. How could these technologies affect the lives of everyday people?

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
Opinion by Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield

Reinforce rights, not racism!

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield MEP in conversation with Laurence Meyer, from the Digital Freedom Fund, about the dangers of the increasing use of biometric mass surveillance - both within the EU and outside it, as well as the impact it can have on the lives of people who are already being discriminated against.

OUR GOVERNMENTS WANT TO SPY ON US

Throughout the EU, governments are experimenting with highly intrusive systems of facial recognition and other biometric mass surveillance in public spaces.

BUT WE’RE NOT OKAY WITH THAT

As a result, there’s been global uproar against the use of these technologies due to the alarming consequences for fundamental rights, as these technologies fuel mass surveillance and racial discrimination.Do you want to live in a society in which people are tracked, judged and classified based on their appearance and behaviour? If not, keep reading!

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WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT IT?

We need the European Commission to impose a ban of biometric mass surveillance technologies throughout the European Union and to acknowledge the adverse effect ofbiometric surveillance methods on our fundamental rights.

OUR DEMANDS/ACTION POINTS

Biometric surveillance is an enormous breach of our right to privacy. It happens without our consent and its effects are chilling. Technology that tracks and classifies us if we look nervous or stressed, if we dress or look different, or if we’re just acting plain weird, should simply not exist in a democratic society where we have the right to be free and the right to our privacy.

What’s more, government experimentation with this technology has already led to the false incrimination of individuals and the discrimination of certain groups of people.

We want to put an end to mass surveillance by:

  • Pressing the European Commission to propose a ban on facial surveillance and behavioural detection technology in public spaces
  • Supporting civil society in their critical work to raise awareness on the risks of thesetechnologies - such as endorsing the European Citizen’s Initiative #ReclaimYourFace
  • Building a society of trust, not suspicion.

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