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People of Europe, rise up! Reclaim your face!

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

If the thought of secret government and private agencies using our bodies to track and trace us for commercial, criminal and political targeting sounds a little ominous, that’s probably because it very much is. A new petition initiative, Reclaim your Face, is trying to garner enough signatures to force the EU to debate mass bio surveillance in Parliament and push for a ban on mass bio-surveillance. Only Europeans may sign, I’m afraid, and ironically it’s not anonymous (address and date of birth both required), but they need to get to one million signatures, so if you qualify, add your voice and your signature.

The full petition is as follows:

We call on the European Commission to strictly regulate the use of biometric technologies in order to avoid undue interference with fundamental rights.
In particular, we ask the Commission to prohibit, in law and in practice, indiscriminate or arbitrarily-targeted uses of biometrics which can lead to unlawful mass surveillance. These intrusive systems must not be developed, deployed (even on a trial basis) or used by public or private entities insofar as they can lead to unnecessary or disproportionate interference with people’s fundamental rights.
Evidence shows that uses of biometric mass surveillance in Member States and by EU agencies have resulted in violations of EU data protection law, and unduly restricted people‘s rights including their privacy, right to free speech, right to protest and not to be discriminated against. The widespread use of biometric surveillance, profiling and prediction is a threat to the rule of law and our most basic freedoms.
In this ECI, we therefore urge the Commission to propose a legal act which will build upon, and fully respect, the general prohibitions in the GDPR and the LED to ensure that EU law explicitly and specifically prohibits biometric mass surveillance.

Reclaim Your Face
Jason Norwood-Young
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