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[Dw] France embraces facial recognition tech

Civil rights groups worry France is taking a step toward a surveillance state. It is about to become the first European Union country to introduce facial recognition software for government services. [...]

But that's exactly what Alicem doesn't do, according to Martin Drago. He's a legal expert at La Quadrature du Net, a group that defends digital rights and civil liberties and which is suing the government at France's highest court of appeals.

"We think that France is infringing on the European General Data Protection Regulation, which bans facial recognition systems, apart from some exceptions," he said. [...]

https://www.dw.com/en/france-embraces-facial-recognition-tech/a-51106489

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[Reuters] French government seeks to comb social media to fight tax fraud

[...] “An experiment without any goals is a joke,” said Arthur Messaud, a legal expert at French internet freedom advocacy group La Quadrature du Net. “We’re putting the cat among the pigeons by allowing the generalized monitoring of the Internet for everything and anything.” [...)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-tech-surveillance/french-gover...

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[Politico] French privacy watchdog says facial recognition trial in high schools is illegal

Though non-binding, the opinion hands a victory to digital rights groups, parents and teachers’ unions that opposed the experiment. [...]

French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net, which led the charge against the high school trials and against facial recognition in France more broadly, applauded the decision.

"The very principle of facial recognition could therefore be rejected: Too dangerous for our liberties, those automated systems should always be ruled out in the favor of human practices," the group said. [...]

https://www.politico.eu/article/french-privacy-watchdog-says-facial-reco...

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[TheStar] France set to roll out nationwide facial recognition ID program

France is poised to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to give citizens a secure digital identity — whether they want it or not. [...]

The government wants to funnel people to use Alicem and facial recognition,” said Martin Drago, a lawyer member of the privacy group La Quadrature du Net that filed the suit against the state. “We’re heading into mass usage of facial recognition. (There’s) little interest in the importance of consent and choice.” The case, filed in July, won’t suspend Alicem. [...]

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2019/10/06/france-set-to-roll-out-nat...

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[TheWashingtonPost] Emmanuel Macron Wants to Scan Your Face

It’s an interesting twist of fate that the European governments whose job it is to enforce sweeping new data-protection laws, rolled out to curb intrusive tech firms like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc., are increasingly finding their own digital ambitions tripped up by them. [...]

Neither this objection, nor a lawsuit filed by privacy advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, seem to have deterred the state, though. [...]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/emmanuel-macron-wants-to-scan-yo...

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[BloomBerg] France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France is poised to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to give citizens a secure digital identity -- whether they want it or not. [...]

The government wants to funnel people to use Alicem and facial recognition,” said Martin Drago, a lawyer member of the privacy group La Quadrature du Net that filed the suit against the state. “We’re heading into mass usage of facial recognition. (There’s) little interest in the importance of consent and choice.” The case, filed in July, won’t suspend Alicem. [...]

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-03/french-liberte-tested...

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[SecurityWeek] Group Seeks Investigation of Deep Packet Inspection Use by ISPs

European Digital Rights (EDRi), together with 45 NGOs, academics and companies across 15 countries, has sent an open letter to European policymakers and regulators, warning about widespread and potentially growing use of deep packet inspection (DPI) by internet service providers (ISPs). [...]

EDRi wants this to change. Europe is now discussing new net neutrality rules. The discussions are not currently being made public, but a public consultation on proposals is expected in autumn 2019. The final rules are expected in March 2020. To a degree, this current open letter is an attempt to get the EDRi voice heard before the public consultation begins (by which time, the basic proposals will have been decided). EDRi's primary request is that the principles of personal privacy protection also be applied to net neutrality provisions. [...]

https://www.securityweek.com/group-seeks-investigation-deep-packet-inspection-use-isps

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[BoingBoing] European telcos want the right to perform “deep packet inspection” on our data

Today 45 NGOs, Academics and Companies from 15 countries released an open letter outlining the dangers of the wide-spread use of privacy invasive Deep Packet Inspection technology in the European Union. The letter is referencing the ongoing negotiations about Europes new net neutrality rules in which some telecom regulators are pushing for the legalization of DPI technology. [...]

Open Letter to the EU [EDRi].

https://boingboing.net/2019/05/15/dpi-nein.html

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[TheAtlantic] Why Surveillance Is the Climate Change of the Internet

The Atlantic podcast Crazy/Genius returns to explain how privacy became the most important idea on the internet—and why it’s still so confusing. [...]

I think privacy is the wrong way to describe the issue we face in a world of pervasive unregulated data collection,” says Julia Angwin, a longtime investigative reporter. She prefers another term: data pollution.

I’ve long felt that the issue we call privacy is very similar to the issue we call environmentalism,” she says. “It’s pervasive. It’s invisible. Attribution is hard. Even if you get cancer, you don’t know if it’s from that chemical plant down the road. Living in a world where all of your data is collected and swept up in these dragnets all the time and will be used against you in a way that you will probably never be able to trace and you will never know about it feels like that same type of collective harm.” [...]

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/crazygenius-season-three-privacy-internet/589078/

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[NBCNews] Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools

What isn’t obvious on Ever’s website or app — except for a brief reference that was added to the privacy policy after NBC News reached out to the company in April — is that the photos people share are used to train the company’s facial recognition system, and that Ever then offers to sell that technology to private companies, law enforcement and the military.

In other words, what began in 2013 as another cloud storage app has pivoted toward a far more lucrative business known as Ever AI — without telling the app’s millions of users. [...]

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/millions-people-uploaded-photos-ever-app-then-company-used-them-n1003371

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