Category Archives: biometry and genetics

Including use of genetic data when it threatens fundamental rights

Rise up against massively applicable biometry

I wrote it repeatedly on this blog, without much effect: putting in place personal devices that can be used to massively check the identity of persons by querying large centralized biometric databases is one of the greatest dangers for freedoms and fundamental rights. I wrote indignantly against biometric passports, then judged that the corrections accepted […]

Shoring uncertain times (13 January 2009)

I forgot yesterday’s most important thing: Tim Hubbard’s talk on the tension in the biomedical field between privacy and the benefits of openness for public health. He puts forward original solutions, whom he himself describes as the best imperfect compromises he can come with for the time-being. They rest on a mix or technical and […]

Why is the application of biometry still tolerated?

>Sciences Citoyennes, a French NGO organizes a series of conferences-debates under the heading of Dialogues Sciences-Planète. One of these dialogues was on the subject of The securized man: Human, Surhuman, Transhuman (synthesis in French). One of the speakers, Gérard Dubey, analysed biometric technology. He wondered why, up to now, the deployment of biometry has been […]

Where do we stand regarding massively applicable biometry?

An update at the occasion of the Evry trial Since my first entry on this subject, a true debate has started to develop in France on massively applicable biometry. It first happened during a public consultation on the government project INES to include automatically readable biometric information in the ID card and driving license (in […]

Stop mass biometry now!

In the past few years, biometric identification devices have been forced on us at an incredibly fast pace. After 9/11, it is almost as if the brain synapses of decision makers within governments had been hijacked. The most basic care for freedom has evaded them, with the exception of limited privacy issues circles. The US […]