A BAN ON BIOMETRIC MASS SURVEILLANCE IN PUBLIC SPACES
OUR GOVERNMENTS WANT TO SPY ON US
BUT WE’RE NOT OKAY WITH THAT
These technologies fuel mass surveillance and racial discrimination. 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.
Stay informed about our work on biometric mass surveillance in Europe
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
We want a ban on indiscriminate biometric surveillance in public spaces.
This means we want to prohibit:
Cameras on the streets, at demonstrations or at events that : identify you, monitor your mood or movements, or follow where you go
This following should be allowed:
You can still unlock your phone with your face
Any other face verification technologies to verify a person is who they say they are
OUR CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES
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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.
PLAY THE GAME NOW (BROWSER ONLY)
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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