[spectre] Ban Facial Recognition Europe campaign updates and a new chance to make it legal.

Paolo Cirio press at paolocirio.net
Sat Mar 20 11:37:30 CET 2021

 *Ban Facial Recognition Europe <https://Ban-Facial-Recognition.EU>
campaign updates and a new chance to make it legal.* Press Release, 20th
March 2021.

For the campaign #BanFacialRecognitionEU
<https://twitter.com/search?q=BanFacialRecognitionEU>, activist Paolo Cirio
<https://paolocirio.net/> is delivering a package to various European
institutions containing a legal complaint
with evidence of violations and a petition with over 50000 signatures
supporting the ban on Facial Recognition technology in Europe. All about
the campaign:


This campaign was initiated by the activist Paolo Cirio
<https://paolocirio.net/> in cooperation with La Quadrature du Net
<https://www.laquadrature.net/en/>, We Sign It <https://www.wesign.it/>,
and thanks to the research from the European Digital Rights advocacy group
(EDRi) <https://edri.org/>.

Thank you for all of your support and your signatures! This petition
collected over 52000 signatures and was translated into 5 languages
This is an astonishing achievement and we want to make your voice count. We
are taking this fight against Facial Recognition to the next level.

Paolo Cirio <https://paolocirio.net/>assembled a legal complaint and
delivered it to EU institutions. Read the legal claims of the complaint
against using Facial Recognition technology for identification and
profiling of European citizens.
<https://ban-facial-recognition.eu/FR-Petition-Ban Facial Recognition

This symbolic legal complaint <https://ban-facial-recognition.eu/#6> is
based on actual violations <https://ban-facial-recognition.eu/#4> of the usage
of Facial Recognition technology
The implementation of Facial Recognition in Europe has resulted in serious
abuses of fundamental rights, a lack of accountability, as well as the
misspending of public funds for several years. European institutions are
responsible for not enacting a clear legal framework concerning Facial
Recognition technology and not enforcing actions for violations of existing
regulations. Read the cases of violation here

Watch the video statement by Paolo Cirio
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGWME1umZqY> about Facial Recognition and
download material from the press kit about the symbolic action of the
delivery of the package with the legal complaint
to the European Commission at the departments CONNECT and JUST, to the
Council of Europe at the Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and
to the European Data Protection Supervisor.


#BanFacialRecognitionEU <https://Ban-Facial-Recognition.EU> is one of 50
groups and organizations across Europe taking the fight to the next level:
seeking legal recognition of our demands by the EU. You can do this by
formally signing the new ECI petition by Reclaim Your Face
This new challenge is fundamental in bringing your voice directly to the
European Commission with the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to ban
biometric mass surveillance practices. This is a legally-recognized
democratic action which calls on the EU for a new law to protect us from
facial recognition, which is why it is so important to sign it even if you
have already signed to #BanFacialRecognitionEU
<https://Ban-Facial-Recognition.EU>. Because it is an official action, the
ECI petition also asks you to enter personal data so that the European
authorities can verify your support. The Reclaim Your Face
<https://RECLAIMYOURFACE.EU> campaign aims to ban not only Facial
Recognition but all biometric technology (for example, the recognition of
you using the way that you walk) which enables mass surveillance and
discrimination. Your signature on this official petition is about the
future of democracy in Europe which is put in danger by this invasive
technology – so join us to make it legal and #ReclaimYourFace


Paolo Cirio <https://paolocirio.net/> initially promoted the Ban of Facial
Recognition in Europe through the staging of a radical action in France. In
this art project titled *Capture <https://paolocirio.net/work/capture/>*,
Cirio used Facial Recognition for simulating the identification of over
4000 French police officers in order to demonstrate the danger of this
technology and the lack of accountability of the French police officers
mis-using it. This provocation triggered the reactions of the Interior
Minister of France and the police unions, which then forced censorship of
the artwork, despite it being celebrated by French citizens and the
international press.
Read more about the *Capture <https://paolocirio.net/work/capture/>* saga

As activist Paolo Cirio <https://paolocirio.net/> runs other campaigns on
the regulation of technology: for the Right to Be Forgotten in the United
States with the *Right to Remove <https://right2remove.us/>* and in *Socially
<https://sociality.today/>* he promoted oversight over the patenting of
technology that enables social manipulation. At the time these campaigns
seemed impossible challenges, and yet Content Moderation in the US is
finally now largely accepted and even Targeting Advertising has been
reduced dramatically. Thus, banning Facial Recognition in Europe and
worldwide is also possible, if not inevitable.

Ultimately, Paolo Cirio <https://paolocirio.net/> has created a new artwork
called *Bodily <https://paolocirio.net/work/bodily/>* that addresses
biometric technology and body scanners. With a thermal camera and faulty
artificial intelligence, this video installation ironically diagnoses the
health and mental conditions of the viewers. *Bodily
<https://paolocirio.net/work/bodily/>* raises awareness on the lack of
regulation of the subsequent expansion of biometric technology during the
current Covid pandemic.
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