French Senate Debates Proposal for Biometric Technology Restrictions
If proposals in the French Senate come to fruition, the country could become one of the first in the world to make sweeping laws against the use of biometric technology, excepting certain stringent security-based cases, Planet Biometrics reports.
The proposals were originally tabled in the Senate in February, but they have since undergone various amendment. The Bill now relates to ensuring biometric data is only used when needed for the strict purposes of security (understood as the safety of persons and property, and the protection of information whose disclosure, misappropriation or destruction would cause serious and irreversible harm), the article says.
In addition, biometrics would only be allowed if the risks to security are high and that there is proportionally between the nature of the information or the site secured and the technology used. Use of the technology would be granted only with consent.
Currently, the law doesn’t appear to affect the personal use of biometrics.