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


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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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.


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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Stop Biometric Surveillance - Time for an EU ban on biometric mass surveillance in public spaces

The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament invites you to an open event at MEET Digital Culture Center in Milan to discuss the urgent need to ban biometric mass surveillance in the EU.
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Race to the bottom? Biometric technology, sports events and human rights in Europe

Are sports events a gateway into normalising the use of surveillance technologies in our cities? What is the impact of biometric mass surveillance, such as high-tech facial recognition in public spaces, on your human rights? Is it even legal, and if not, how can the use of this intrusive technology be justified by governments across Europ…
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‘Sportswashing’ – Why the Beijing Winter Olympics pose a threat to human rights

Patrick Breyer Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
Opinion by Patrick Breyer & Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
Are mass-scale sports events being used to normalise the use of surveillance technologies in our cities? Biometric mass surveillance, like high-tech facial recognition, is on the rise - but what is the cost to our human rights?
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Impacts of the use of biometric and behavioural mass surveillance technologies on Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Public authorities justify the implementation and further development of biometric and behavioural technology as a need that requires no discussion, in order to fight terrorism and ensure security. This study includes a summary of the legal framework that regulates the use of such technologies, in addition to an analysis of the ways in wh…
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LIVE WEBINAR: Current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the EU

On 25 October, the Greens/EFA group will publish its report on the current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the EU. Join us to learn more about these practices, to what extent they are effective and the risks that they pose to fundamental rights! Register now!
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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

Saskia Bricmont
Opinion by Saskia Bricmont
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.
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European Parliament votes for ban on biometric mass surveillance

Members of the European Parliament have adopted a report on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Law. This vote is a breakthrough moment in the fight to halt the use of intrusive and discriminatory uses of mass surveillance tools by police authorities. Greens/EFA have long called for a ban on these highly intrusive and error-pro…
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Coded Bias – On Discriminatory Algorithms and the Need to Ban Biometric Mass Surveillance Technologies

The Greens/EFA campaign against biometric mass surveillance is organizing a screening of Shalini Kantayya’s award-winning documentary “Coded Bias” followed by a panel debate on algorithmic biases and how they are being addressed in the Artificial Intelligence Regulation.
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Reinforce rights, not racism!

Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
Opinion by Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield
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.

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