A wide controversy is being lived in Paris these days, since the National Assembly of France has approved the use of AI to help in the video surveillance of the Olympic Games of Paris 2024.
The move comes despite opposition from human rights groups who say its use is a potential violation of civil liberties, while paving the way for the future use of algorithm-based invasive video surveillance across Europe.
According to The Regthe French government adopted Article 7 of the pending law for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, authorizing the use of automated analysis of surveillance video from fixed and drone cameras.
The system is said to detect specific suspicious events in public spaces, such as abnormal behavior, predetermined events, and waves of crowds.
It seems that France ignored the warning of 38 civil society organizations that expressed their concerns about the technology in a open letter. They say that the proposed surveillance measures violate international human rights law, as they contravene the principles of necessity and proportionality, and pose unacceptable risks to fundamental rights, such as the rights to privacy, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to non-discrimination.
“If the purpose of algorithm-based cameras is to detect specific suspicious events in public spaces, they will necessarily capture and analyze physiological characteristics and behaviors of individuals present in these spaces, such as their body positions, gait, movements, gestures, or appearance,” he says. the open letter. “Isolating individuals from the background, without which it would be impossible to achieve the objective of the system, will amount to ‘unique identification’.”
As is often the case with AI surveillance, there are also fears of discrimination. “The use of algorithmic systems to combat crime has resulted in excessive surveillance, structural discrimination in the criminal justice system, and excessive criminalization of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities,” the groups add.