The first campaign was completed in June ‘23!
With our past campaign, called DontSPYonusEU , we created a website meant to target the Members of the EU Parliament involved in the very first phase of the 2023 negotiations around the AI Act. That first phase is now closed and the webiste sits in the archives. We are happy with the result we were able to achieve (we collected info and scanned the faces of 500+ politicians!), but…
…The challenge isn’t over yet
We are now entering the final phase of the trilogue, in which remote biometric identification (RBI) is more often lobbied for as a consolidated necessity for security purposes. Which we know to be untrue, but that is how it’s sold to EU citizens.
This piece by Joe McNamee summarizes the challenges in EU policy lobbying: How the European Parliament will vote for and against biometric mass surveillance .
What we know so far is that remote biometric identification is seen as a “bargaining chip” between the Parliament and the Council of Europe - with one exception, of course: If there is no strong demonstration of outrage by civil society.