Face recognition: global appeal for prohibition of biometric monitoring

Face recognition: Global appeal for prohibition of biometric monitoring

Instruments for identifying people from afar, such as video monitoring with automated face recognition, are able to track and distribute the affected persons at step and steps to create profiles on them. They undermine the human rights and burial freedoms. This alarm suits an alliance from 175 civil society organizations, activists and researchers from all over the world. It demands in an open letter to legislators therefore a global spell of biometric monitoring technology in public space.

The prohibition must apply to governments, law enforcement macers and private actors, writes the farm. It wants to know a final line under the development of striking instruments for a mass or discriminatory targeted monitoring. These represented an attack on the privacy and data protection, "Fold inequality as well as discrimination and have the potential to make the freedom of view and assembly freedom mouth". So it will be even easier to criminalize legitimate protest.

The Allianz Access Now, Amnesty International, European Digital Rights (Edri), Human Rights Watch, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) and the Brazilian Consumer Protection Organization Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do consumidor (Idec). The first signals also include institutions such as Algorithmwatch, Chaos Computer Club Luxembourg, Digital Courage, Digital Society, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Epicenter.Works, La Quadrature Du Net, Privacy International and Statewatch. The campaign is open for further support.

Adjust the development of biometric techniques

The parties want to achieve that all public investments in biometric techniques are stopped for mass or targeted monitoring. Neither public institutions nor private companies were allowed to use or advance. Investors, the appeal is aimed at calling the companies financed by them, to set appropriate developments or distribution of such tools.

US corporations such as Amazon, Microsoft and IBM have already stopped the sale of facial recognition programs to the police permanently or temporarily stopped. Apparently, they are aware of the problematic effects, it is called by the bundnis. The logical second step, however, would be to leave the fingers completely from such instruments.

"Face recognition and related biometric recognition technologies have no place in the public", Stressed Daniel Leufer, analyst for European policy at Access Now. They managed to discriminate against discrimination and unbillion application, so they "here and now must be banned". Many governments called for the public security and claimed, "that they take legal protection measures", Extended Learers for Latin America Scientific Veronica Arroyo. Experience shows that the harmful consequences of technology were only veiled.

The EU Commission wants to largely prohibit real-time facial recognition with its Legal Pack for Artificial Intelligence (KI). Thus, however, exceptions for the persecution remained particularly difficult crimes. Burger right groups penetrated with the European Burger Rights Initiative "Reclaim your face" On the other hand, on the old continent for a few months for a complete ban biometric mass monitoring.

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