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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - Facial recognition: smile, you're flicked (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:27:26 +0200

With the Alicem project, the French State is deploying biometric identity management across the country. The intention is to make facial recognition mandatory in the medium term, by conditioning access to the public service to identification by this method. The generalization of the surveillance is not a new phenomenon (in France as elsewhere: England, China ...), but it is here a sudden jump forward towards the trivialization of the social control, by registering this surveillance even in our bodies. ---- According to some mainstream media, France is preparing to become the first European country to use facial recognition for its public services. This would first be optional (set up in November) but, as part of a global project of dematerialization of public services and in a security context increasingly oppressive, it is hard to imagine our leaders stop in if right path. With this technology, it will be necessary to identify via facial recognition to access tax notices, but also to the Secu, forms to register a vehicle or to simulate retirement ... The personalized and almost constant monitoring as a way of government is not a new phenomenon. But biometric access (fingerprints, iris, voice, face, etc.)

The French state, although pioneering in Europe, is far from isolated in this approach, already very advanced for example in China where the social control of individuals is already worthy of the worst dystopias. State authoritarianism has a bright future ahead of it. It can count on the fervent support of its " startup nation " which sees new " innovative " markets to be won, at the expense of respect for our private lives and therefore our freedoms. Without forgetting, of course, the support of GAFAM bosses [1]and other digital multinationals, who were vowing and prophesying many years ago, the end of the notion of privacy on the Internet - that is, in this hyper-connected capitalist society, the end of right to a private life.

It should be remembered that all these biometric data will be stored somewhere in a server accessible from the Internet - and therefore fallible ; what would happen in case of intrusion ? Has the government thought about the possibility of 70 million identity theft?

We also keep in mind that the 2020 Finance Bill allows tax and customs departments to use data published by Internet users on social networks and online sales platforms to detect potential problems. possible cases of tax fraud. Of course, these new measures of espionage of the population are not there to attack the billions of euros of tax evasion of the big boss - if it was really the intention of the government, this one would not choose a mass espionage but rather a targeted surveillance of the culprits, perfectly identifiable. No, the target of the government here is, for example, precarious who, to round difficult end of the month, do not declare sales online. One can legitimately question the meaning of the priorities of the government. fight against tax fraud one more step to, on the one hand, intensify social control and, on the other hand, break public services by cutting jobs. We can also fear that the algorithm that will implement this surveillance and these job cuts be subcontracted to a multinational corporation itself guilty of tax evasion (only Google, it is 16 billion embezzled in Bermuda in 2016) ...
The Libertarian Communist Union is involved in the Technopolis campaign denouncing the emergence of the new surveillance society and the police of the future. To fight against a legislative arsenal that strengthens, to preserve our chances of stopping the machine, the Libertarian Communist Union strongly opposes the generalization of facial recognition and other surveillance technologies of the population.

[1] It is by this acronym (meaning "Google Amazon Facebook Apple Microsoft") that are designated the large US companies that manage the main centralized digital platforms capitalist.

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