Civil rights groups worry France is taking a step toward a surveillance state. It is about to become the first European Union country to introduce facial recognition software for government services. […]
But that’s exactly what Alicem doesn’t do, according to Martin Drago. He’s a legal expert at La Quadrature du Net, a group that defends digital rights and civil liberties and which is suing the government at France’s highest court of appeals.
“We think that France is infringing on the European General Data Protection Regulation, which bans facial recognition systems, apart from some exceptions,” he said. […]