European Court Rules Emotion Recognition Projects Can Bypass Public Debate

European court rules emotion recognition projects can bypass public debate

The General Court of the European Union (EGC) last week ruled that “emotion recognition” projects like the one bankrolled by the EU taxpayers and under fire for being secretive, should not be compelled to organize public debates about such biometric experiments.

Instead, says ARTICLE 19, an international freedom of expression and information group, the court disappointingly prioritized commercial over public interest. Public scrutiny of similar projects, the group said, should be in place from the start of developing schemes like the one in question here, iBorderCtrl: Intelligent Portable Border Control System.

The EGC did find that European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) was negligent in assessing requests by digital rights activist and MEP Patrick Breyer – and ARTICLE 19 says that this part of the ruling will be important going forward when it comes to transparency in biometrics-fueled EU-funded projects.

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