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An “intelligent” video protection project in Marseille sued

2020-12-12T10:49:04.524Z

The association " La quadrature du Net ", specializing in the defense of freedoms in the digital field, has announced that it is contesting before the administrative court of Marseille a municipal video protection project called " intelligent " that it considers " dangerous " and " illegal " but that the town hall says to have " suspended ". A first appeal was filed in January by the association,



The association "

La quadrature du Net

", specializing in the defense of freedoms in the digital field, has announced that it is contesting before the administrative court of Marseille a municipal video protection project called "

intelligent

" that it considers "

dangerous

" and "

illegal

" but that the town hall says to have "

suspended

".

A first appeal was filed in January by the association, then associated with the League of Human Rights (LDH), but it had been rejected, the court ruling that the proof of an administrative decision of the city in the material had not been brought.

The city of Marseille, then headed by the mayor LR Jean-Claude Gaudin, had indicated that the device was "

in the test phase

".

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This time, the request filed on December 3 and consulted by AFP explicitly targets "

a contract concluded by the city of Marseille with the company SNEF, relating to the acquisition of an intelligent video protection device

".

"

We are filing a new appeal against a project which is still relevant despite the change of majority at the town hall,

" explained Thursday in a statement La quadrature du Net.

Michèle Rubirola, at the head of a union of the left, succeeded Jean-Claude Gaudin as mayor of Marseille since this summer.

"

The intelligent video protection project is for the moment suspended

", however affirmed the municipality.

Launched in 2015 by the former municipality, this project aimed in particular to help human operators to manage the numerous images produced by the 1,523 cameras installed in the city, according to a figure of the current majority.

Among its criticisms, the squaring of the Net also highlights certain "

criticisms formulated by the Cnil

" The National Commission for Informatics and Freedom (Cnil) had mentioned, in connection with this project, an "

incomplete

"

impact analysis

and wished "

more details

”, in particular on its legal framework.

Among the envisaged functions of the new device, we find the automatic detection of graffiti, destruction of street furniture, a search in the archives by filter of photos or description, the sound detection of gunshots or explosions or the detection of "

abnormal behavior

" (brawl, raiding, aggression),

"said La quadrature du Net.

She explains wanting by her action to create "

a case law capable of hampering similar projects underway in other French cities such as Paris, Toulouse, Nice or even Valenciennes

".

Source: lefigaro

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