Diclaimer: homemade translation of the article written in french by La Quadrature Du Net (LQDN). For any mistake or improvement, send e-mail to contact_at_bidouille93_dot_fr. External resources are in French.
The article 7 of the Law on Olympic Games' organization has been adopted by the national parliament, “Assemblée Nationale”, formalizing the introduction of Algorithmic Video-Surveillance (AVS) in french Law, until December 2024. Thanks to the fuss regarding the retirements reform and a usually long and complex process, fortunately fasten this time, French government made acceptable one of the most dangerous technology ever deployed. Using lies and fake storytellings, it avoided the technical, political and judicial consequences in terms of mass surveillance. Supported by the governmental majority and far-right parties, AVS has been legalized backed by lies, undermining the democratic game ever more.
The lie of biometry : government repeated and wrote down in the law that AVS is not related to biometry. This is completely wrong. This technology identifies, analyzes, classifies constantly the bodies, physical attributes, gestures, body shapes, gait, which are unquestionably biometric datas. We already explained it (see our note or video), tiredlessly told it to members of senat and parliament, representatives or their assistants, long with 38 other international organizations and some mEP (member of European Parliament) who recently called out the french government. Despite, french government stood with its lies, both technical and judicial. France is once again violating EU’s law, consecrating its title of europe surveillance’s champion.