Editorial Summary :

European lawmakers are set to include millions of photos of people’s faces in the Prüm II data-sharing system . The plan is part of wider plans to “modernize” policing across the continent . For the past 15 years, police forces searching for criminals in Europe have been able to share fingerprints, DNA data, and details of vehicle owners with each other . The expansion of facial recognition across Europe is included in wider plans for “modernizing” policing . The European Commission says police will have greater “automated” access to information . Document obtained by EDRi says the number of potential matches could range from between 10 to 100 faces . A human will review the potential matches and decide if any of them are correct, before any further action is taken . Hungary has 30 million photos, Italy 17 million, France 6 million, and Germany 5.5 million, the documents show . The European data protection superviser (EDPS) has criticized the planned expansion of Prüm II, which could take several years . The proposal says police forces will be linked together through a “central router . Police databases are often poorly put together . In July 2021, police in the Netherlands deleted 218,000 photos it wrongly included in its facial recognition database . In the UK, more than a thousand young Black men were removed from a “gangs database” in February 2021 . Slovenian digital rights group Državljan D says there are significant concerns about the differences between police databases and who is included . The EU will pay for the cost of connecting databases to Prüm II, the proposal says .

Key Highlights :

  • European lawmakers are set to include millions of photos of people’s faces in a new database .
  • The expansion of facial recognition across Europe is included in wider plans to “modernize” policing across the continent .
  • Documents show huge number of face photos that countries hold .
  • Hungary has 30 million photos, Italy 17 million, France 6 million, and Germany 5.5 million .
  • The EU will pay for the cost of connecting databases to Prüm II, the proposal says .
  • Slovenia has been one key country pushing for the expansion .
  • The EU is proposing to use national facial images databases to connect databases .

The editorial is based on the content sourced from www.wired.com

Read the full article.

Similar Posts