The French Data Protection Authority,  CNIL, has prohibited the use of facial recognition to control entry into a school as disproportionate saying that alternative less intrusive means are available, such as badge control.

Key takeaways:

  • Processing of biometric data is of particular sensitivity, justifying enhanced protection of individuals.
  • Facial recognition devices are particularly intrusive and present major risks to the privacy and personal freedoms of those concerned.
  • They are also likely to create a sense of reinforced surveillance.
  • Risks are increased when facial recognition devices are applied to minors, who are subject to special protection in national and European legislation.
  • Strict vigilance is necessary in view of the damage that could result from possible security incidents on such biometric data.

Read the full opinion.