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Europe Data Protection Digest | 124 groups sign letter for French facial-recognition ban Related reading: Microsoft unveils open-source privacy mapping tool

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Digital rights group La Quadrature du Net has sent a joint letter signed by 124 organizations requesting the French Parliament and government ban facial-recognition technology and biometric surveillance systems. The groups said facial recognition is a "exceptionally invasive and dehumanizing technique" and it "abolishes anonymity" when deployed in public spaces. "No argument can justify the deployment of such technology: beyond a few anecdotal approvals ... its only effective promises are to confer to the state a power of total control over the population," the groups wrote. (Original article is in French.)
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