French Government Approves A.I. Video Surveillance for Paris Olympics

Thomas Claburn, the Register:

Despite the opposition of 38 civil society groups, the French National Assembly has approved the use of algorithmic video surveillance during the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Endorsed by French senators in January, the proposed law for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games cleared a committee vote earlier this month. On Thursday, the French National Assembly adopted Article 7 of the pending bill, which authorizes automated analysis of surveillance video from fixed and drone cameras.

Notably, this law has excluded specific biometric identifiers, according to Peter O’Brien of France 24. But it is still more intrusive than people might be expecting and, for some reason, it will be allowed to operate until the end of June 2025 — nearly a year after both the Olympics and Paralympics end. Amnesty International is not pleased.