Parliamentary questions
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1 March 2020
O-000018/2020
Question for oral answer O-000018/2020
to the Commission
Rule 136
Manon Aubry (GUE/NGL), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (GUE/NGL), Philippe Lamberts (Verts/ALE), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL), Leila Chaibi (GUE/NGL), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI), Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL), Idoia Villanueva Ruiz (GUE/NGL), Konstantinos Arvanitis (GUE/NGL), Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL), Emmanuel Maurel (GUE/NGL), David Cormand (Verts/ALE), Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL), Alexandra Geese (Verts/ALE), Saskia Bricmont (Verts/ALE), Viktor Uspaskich (Renew), Patrick Breyer (Verts/ALE), Rosa D'Amato (NI), Markéta Gregorová (Verts/ALE), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Helmut Scholz (GUE/NGL), Isabella Adinolfi (NI), Marie Toussaint (Verts/ALE), Henrike Hahn (Verts/ALE), Martina Michels (GUE/NGL), Niyazi Kizilyürek (GUE/NGL), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (NI), Hilde Vautmans (Renew), Pierre Larrouturou (S&D), Yannick Jadot (Verts/ALE), Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Paul Tang (S&D), Nora Mebarek (S&D), Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL), Miguel Urbán Crespo (GUE/NGL), Alexis Georgoulis (GUE/NGL), Malin Björk (GUE/NGL), Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE), Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE), Anna Cavazzini (Verts/ALE), Özlem Demirel (GUE/NGL), Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL), José Gusmão (GUE/NGL), Marc Botenga (GUE/NGL), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (Renew), Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (GUE/NGL), Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL), Helmut Geuking (ECR), Benoît Biteau (Verts/ALE), Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Verts/ALE), Claude Gruffat (Verts/ALE), Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE)
 Subject: Facial recognition and identification in publicly accessible spaces

1. In the context of the preparation of the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and the Strategy for Europe – Fit for the Digital Age, does the Commission consider the deployment of facial recognition and/or facial identification systems in publicly accessible spaces by Member States to be inconsistent with Article 9(1) and 9(2)(g) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – since it does not meet the requirement of being ‘necessary for reasons of substantial public interest’ – and Articles 4(1), 8(1) and 10 of the Law Enforcement Directive?

2. Does the Commission identify risks of violations of fundamental rights posed by the deployment of facial recognition and/or facial identification systems in publicly accessible spaces by Member States?

3. If so, is the Commission, as guardian of the treaties, considering banning such practices and/or launching infringement procedures against Member States?

Submitted: 01/03/2020

Lapses: 02/06/2020

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