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 addition to the passport). A courageous opposition by the Ligue des droits de l’homme (Human Rights League) and 4 formers presidents of the CNIL (Committee for Informatics and Freedom) led the government to amend the project. However the new project is still very dangerous (the biometric IDs become facultative, which will lead to 2 classes of citizens, the suspect ones without biometric ID and the “good” ones who have it). A new debate has arisen at the occasion of the trial of a number of philosophy students accused of destroying biometrical reading equipment used to control access to a high school restaurant (they state that they did not personnally participate in the destruction, just to the protest action, but do stand for its legitimacy). Thumbs up to Louis Joinet who was the first President of CNIL and is one the key experts on Human Rights issues in the UN, for testifying in support to the students and highlighting that the biometry industry lobby has explicitly targetted children for applications aimed at creating an acceptance of biometrical surveillenace and traceability.

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