France Declares School Facial Recognition Illegal Due to GDPR

By: Charles Rollet, Published on Oct 31, 2019

France is the latest European country to effectively prohibit facial recognition as a school access control solution, even with the consent of students, after Sweden did so in August.

The decision represents another blow to the companies marketing such solutions. In this post, we examine the news and its broader meaning, including:

  • Background
  • Solution Description
  • Feedback from Cisco, the provider of the solution
  • CNIL Response: Not GDPR Compliant
  • Sweden Comparison
  • What the GDPR Says
  • Immediate Impact
  • Privacy Activist Pledge
  • Local Response

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  • ******** **** *****, *** provider ** *** ********
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Solution ***********

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**** *********** ***** ****** about **** ******* ***** to *** ****'* ********, and **** **** ** the ********* *******:

  • ***** ***** **** ******* face *** ******** *** its***** ********** *****, *** ****** *********** software **** **** *** open ******, ************ *******'* *++ ****** *********** library.
  • ***** **** ****, "*** final ******* **** ** totally ******** ** *****" and ******** *** **** as **** ** ** "experiment" ** ******* * new "************" ****** ******* system *** *******.
  • ***** ******* ******* *** gates, ****** ***** **** under ***** ******* ********** (red-banned, ******-*******, *****-**********) *** be ******* ** ******* throughout *** ********.
  • ******** *** ******* **** their ******* ***** ** being ******* **** *** system.

CNIL ********: *** **** *********

** *******, *** ********** * ***** *********:

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*** ******** *** *********** objectives *** ** ******** by ******* **** *** far **** ********* ** terms ** ******** **** and ********** *******, *** example * ***** *******

********* *********** *** ** a******* ********, ********* ********** ******** [data] **********

**** * ****** **** cannot ** ******* *** in *****

*** **** **** **** this *** ********** ******** for ********, ********** ****** recognition ** "************ *********":

****** *********** ******* *** particularly ********* *** ******* major ***** ** ******** data *** ********** *******, particularly **** ******* ** minors

Sweden **********

*** ******* *** *** a ******* *********** ** France,******* ****:

********** ****** *** ** done ** ***** **** that *** ******* ******* violation *** ********.

*******, ****** *** ****, the ******* *** **** found **** *** ******'* consent ***** *** ********** was *******, ** ******* could *** ** "****** given" (************ *** ****) *** to *** ******* ******* of ***** ******* ******** and ********. *** **** made ** ******* ** consent ** *** *********.

What *** **** ****

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********, ******** *** ******* to **** ** ********* in ******** ** *** purposes *** ***** **** are *********

********* *** *********, ******** and ********** ******** *** not ******* ********* ** a ****** **** ** incompatible **** ***** ********

Non-Binding *** *** ********

***********, *** ****'* ******** is ***-******* *** **** not ********** * ******* ban ** *** ****** schools ********** ****** *********** systems, ** *** ******* ********** ***** *********** *** authorize *** ******* ********** projects ******* *** ***** approval. **** ***** ******'********* *********** ***** ********** *** project.

*******, *** **** ***** has *** ********* ** sanction ******* ********** **** any ********** ********** ******* brought ** *** ********* once ************ ******.

Privacy ******** *******

*** ****'* ******** **** has * ***** ******** effect, **** ******* ******** group ** ********** ** Net********** ***** **** ******** to ****'* ********* "*** time * ****** ** administration ******* ** ******* the *** *****".

Local ********

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** ********** ** *** hailed *** ********** * "*******", *********** "the ******** ******* *****" for "********* **** *** law-and-order ******** ** *** elected *********". (***** ****** told **** ** *** doing **** ******* *** free).

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**** ** ******* **** to *** ********* **** promote ****** *********** *** educational ************, **** ** SAFR.

** ****** *********** ********** spreads, **** ******** ********* will ** ******* ***** own *************** ** ******* this ********** *** **** is **** *********; ** far, *** ****** ** clear.

Comments (1)

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