Month of biometric monitoring (5 May – 26 May)

How to understand biometric control technologies in the information society and how to establish relationships between privacy protection, a sense of security and technological progress? Where should the dividing lines run, which should not be crossed at any cost, how should these challenges be discussed in the areas of regulation, industry and academia?

How to understand biometric control technologies in the information society and how to establish relationships between privacy protection, a sense of security and technological progress? Where should the dividing lines run, which should not be crossed at any cost, how should these challenges be discussed in the areas of regulation, industry and academia?

“We think it is important to address this problem from several angles,” explains the director of the institution Državljan D, Domen Savič. “It has long been clear that this is not just a problem of technological guidelines, but we are talking about a problem that touches on politics, human rights, data autonomy and digital sovereignty,” Savic warns.

In May 2021, EDRi’s member Citizen D is organizing three online discussions on the topic of biometric control and related challenges in this area. We will first discuss this phenomenon with the academy and industry, then with the representatives of the pan-European citizens’ initiative Reclaim your face, and finally with the representative of the Information Commissioner and researchers in this field.

Programme

5 May 2021, 6 pm

Biometric Control: Academy and Industry

In the first of four events within the “Month of Biometric Control Technologies” we will confront the views of industry and academia in this field, highlight the challenges and problems in developing and researching the capabilities of biometric technologies and ask about the responsibility of developers and researchers.

Žiga Emeršič , a doctoral student and assistant at the Faculty of Informatics, and Boris Cergol , a member of the AI4Slovenia executive board, will take part in the discussion.

Watch the recording here.

 


12 May 2021, 6 pm

European Citizens’ Initiative: Reclaim your face

At the second event of the “Month of Biometric Control Technologies” series, we will present the pan-European citizens’ initiative Reclaim your face, which is fighting for a ban on general biometric control. Why is general biometric control such a big problem, what can go wrong and how do other European countries find themselves in this area?

Guests will be Ella Jakubowska (EDRi) and Daniel Leufer (AccessNow).

Zoom link.

 


19 May 021, 6 pm

Regulation of biometric control

How does the regulator define the problem of biometric control, what are the legislative levers for sanctioning infringements and what is the regulatory situation in other countries? How to monitor the situation in Slovenia and what can we learn from existing examples of biometric control in Slovenian practice?

Participate in the discussions , MA. Andrej Tomšič , Deputy Information Commissioner and Lenart Kučić , journalist.

Zoom link.

 


26 May 2021, 6 pm

Surveillance: State vs. Corporation

What are the differences between state and corporatist control in theory and practice, how to define one and the other? Where can we find links between the control industry and the state and what are the dangers of both concepts?

At the end of the month of biometric monitoring, representatives of the Belgrade Share Foundation and representatives of the Greek Homo Digitalis will be with us.

Zoom link.

For more information, see here.