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France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

By Bloomberg

October 4, 2019

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France is set to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to provide its citizens secure digital identities.

The French government is moving forward with plans to roll out an ID program called Alicem in November, with the goal of making the state more efficient.

However, a privacy group is challenging the initiative in France's highest administrative court, and the country's data regulator says the program breaches the European rule of consent.

In addition, a hacker was able to break into a "secure" government messaging app earlier this year, raising concerns about the state's security standards.

French officials claim the ID system will not be used to monitor residents, and will not integrate facial recognition biometric data into citizens' identity databases.

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