LIVE WEBINAR: Presentation of Report on current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the EU, and Q&A session.

On 25 October, the Greens/EFA group will publish its report on the current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the EU. The report sheds a light on how these privacy-infringing practices have already been put into use in cities, and even entire countries in the European Union, and provides recommendations on the regulation of biometric and behavioural recognition technologies

MEPs Patrick Breyer and Saskia Bricmont invite you to join them for a virtual event on the 25 October from 16:00 to 17:00 CET for a presentation of the study and the interactive map on current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the European Union. After the presentation of the studies’ main findings and recommendations, we will present two of the case studies of the use of biometric mass surveillance technologies in the EU: the Zaventem Airport experiment as well as the biometric surveillance tests at Berlin Südkreuz train station. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

We are happy to welcome the following speakers to the event:

Join us to learn more about these practices, to what extent they are effective and the risks that they pose to fundamental rights! Register below!

What is biometric mass surveillance?

Biometric mass surveillance is the monitoring, tracking, and otherwise processing of the biometric data of individuals or groups in an indiscriminate or arbitrarily targeted manner. Biometric data includes highly sensitive data about our body or behaviour. When used to scan everyone in public or publicly accessible spaces (a form of mass surveillance) biometric processing violates a wide range of fundamental rights.

Biometric surveillance technologies have the potential to fundamentally change our societies by fuelling pervasive mass surveillance and discrimination. At the same time, more and more people are standing up against the deployment of these technologies. In the United States, lawmakers have already started to impose bans on the use of some of the most invasive forms of algorithmic decision-making software: namely facial recognition technologies.

In the European Union, on the other hand, governments are beginning to experiment with systems of facial recognition and other biometric mass surveillance technologies in public spaces. With the upcoming Artificial Intelligence Regulation, the European Union has the chance to safeguard our fundamental rights and to ban biometric surveillance technologies that magnify the discrimination that women, people of colour and other marginalised groups in the European Union already face today.


Current practices of biometric mass surveillance in the EU

Start: Monday, October 25, 2021 • 4:00 PM • Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna (GMT+01:00)

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