a senatorial report recommends a 3-year experiment

During a press conference, the three rapporteurs, Marc-Philippe Daubresse (LR), Jérôme Durain (PS) and Arnaud de Belenet (Centrist Union), argued that it was not a question of using recognition broadly, but “on a case-by-case basis, with geographical and time limitations”.

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The rapporteurs of the fact-finding mission on this issue insisted on the fact that they had erected “red lines” for the use of this technology. “80% of our report is devoted to red lines”, added Mr. Daubresse, stressing that the report had been voted “unanimously”.

Asked about the security issue represented by the 2024 Olympic Games in France, Marc-Philippe Daubresse recalled the position of the Head of State who “decided not to use this technology in the current legal framework”.

Although he acknowledged that in the current state of the legislation, using such technology would be “borderline”, he felt that faced with the Olympic Games which risk being a target for possible terrorists, “we cannot could not consider not using it”. And for that to review the legal framework. He argued that in the event of attacks, no one would understand that the government had done nothing in this area.

“Red Lines”

Among the main proposals intended to “remove the risk of a surveillance society” is the setting of “red lines beyond which no use of facial recognition could be admitted, like the red lines set in matters of bioethics “. There is also the creation of a framework to “ensure the control and evaluation of the experiments implemented”.

The 3-year experimentation law would set the conditions under which biometric recognition could be used. “It would be a law of experimentation on restricted, controlled and supervised cases”, affirmed Jérôme Durain.

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