Facial recognition will not be used at the 2024 Games

The government has decided. The bill relating to the organization of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be submitted to Parliament in a few weeks, “totally and explicitly excludes the use of facial recognition”said the Ministry of Sports to the “Parisian”. “No biometric data” will not be used, it will be specified in the text.

The subject, explosive, had been mentioned several times in recent weeks, some actors in the file ensuring that facial recognition would not be used in the summer of 2024.

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Before the Senate Culture Committee on October 12, Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had indicated that, although she understood “the expectation and importance of facial recognition, especially after the events at the Stade de France”, “currently, the legislative provisions concerning security do not provide for these devices”.

“We are working on intelligent, but anonymized algorithms to manage crowd movements in transport. And even these video protection devices will have to be examined by the Cnil and the Council of State before being implemented”, she had asserted.

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On the side of the supporters of this technology, some had however highlighted its use in other countries during major sporting events to deal with the risks of terrorism and delinquency. A senatorial report published last May notably called for its experimentation during the Games.

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However, nothing had yet been formalized. Before the Senate Law Commission, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin for his part affirmed on October 25 that he was not for facial recognition “but rather favorable to a” so-called intelligent video protection “, who “makes it possible to target not such and such an individual, but people responding to such an alert, or even categories of gestures, such as the degradation of public property”. This type of device may be mentioned in the bill on the organization of the Olympics.

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