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Action against mass surveillance in Europe

European civil and digital rights groups say they will collect one million signatures on a petition to put pressure on the European Union to ban biometric mass surveillance prior to laws on artificial intelligence expected later 2021.

The EU Commission is expected to announce a legislative proposal on how to use artificial intelligence with reference to public sectors, healthcare etc.

The group includes around 25 organisations like the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, Reclaim Your Face, European Digital Rights and Privacy International.

“This is about everyone’s control over their own future,” Orsolya Reich, senior advocacy officer at the Civil Liberties Union for Europe, said in a statement.

“We can already see this happening with the way AI is used to make decisions about us. Biometric mass surveillance will just feed more data from more people into these systems and make these practices even more widespread and harmful.”

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