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French MPs Approve Controversial Surveillance Tech Under Olympics Pretext

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image The Olympic rings are set up at Trocadero plaza in Paris, France, on September 14, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo/Michel Euler, File Yesterday, the French National Assembly adopted a government bill that may, for the first time in EU history, legalize the use of controversial algorithm-driven video surveillance in France. The measure is supposedly being introduced as a precaution ahead of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games and constitutes a serious threat to civic freedoms and democratic principles. The use of surveillance technologies creates a state of permanent monitoring,…

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