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Opposition to AI surveillance at Paris 24 Olympics

Are France's constitutional values infringed by the legalisation of algorithmic video surveillance?

PARIS - Lawmakers from the Greens and France Unbowed announced they have filed a challenge with France's top constitutional court against the AI-powered surveillance system planned for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. The French parliament recently adopted a bill allowing for the experimentation of the large-scale, real-time camera systems supported by algorithms for the Olympics and extending until March 2025.

This has been met with criticism from digital rights NGOs in France and beyond, who maintain it infringes on fundamental freedoms without demonstrating the necessity or proportionality of the system, and without effective guarantees for those affected.

The lawmakers also noted the proposed experiment is too long, lasting seven months after the Olympics end, and could be discriminatory due to possible algorithmic biases.

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