08/06/2021

Access Now

Coalition seeks ban on biometric surveillance

A statement supporting the global ban of biometric recognition technologies that aid mass surveillance efforts has been drafted by digital rights campaigners. The coalition led by Access Now, Amnesty International, EDRi, Human Rights Watch, IFF, and IDEC organised more than 175 stakeholders to sign an Open Letter. They claim that various tech deployments undermine civil liberties as they "identify, follow, single out, and track people everywhere they go." The stakeholders added "no technical or legal safeguards could ever fully eliminate the threat" posed by biometric technologies, which indicates that "they should never be allowed in public or publicly accessible spaces."

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