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Olympic Games 2024: the announcement of the use of artificial intelligence in the service of security is likely to cause controversy


Among other security measures, the Olympic bill presented Thursday in the Council of Ministers plans to use artificial intelligence to detect suspicious crowd movements.

The Olympic bill, presented Thursday to the Council of Ministers, includes security measures, such as the use of body scanners, or the possibility of opening on Sundays during the Paris-2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the text of which the AFP had a copy.

Faced with the security challenge represented by the event, in particular the opening ceremony, the text makes it possible to use an artificial intelligence system to detect suspicious crowd movements in or around the stadiums, on the tracks public and transport.

Called for a long time by the interministerial delegate to the Olympic Games, Michel Cadot, still at the end of May after the C1 incidents at the Stade de France, it will be an "


" for "

recreational, sporting or cultural events

" exposed to "

risks of terrorism

" or "

serious harm to the safety of persons


These experiments will be authorized by decree after advice from the CNIL (Commission Informatique et Libertés) and may begin from the entry into force of the law until June 30, 2025. "

They do not use any biometric data, do not implement any facial recognition technique and cannot carry out any reconciliation, interconnection or automated linking with other processing of personal data

”, ensures the explanatory memorandum of this text of 19 articles.

Body scanners at the entrance to the enclosures

Another novelty: body scanners, until now used only in airports, will be authorized at the entrance to the enclosures of more than 300 people, with the consent of the person.

This avoids a security frisk at a time when Olympic organizers and the state are facing a shortage of private security guards.

The text also provides for screening measures for members of delegations who will reside in the Olympic village, but also volunteers and service providers, including those who will intervene in fan zones.

It gives authority to the prefect of police of Paris, Laurent Nunez, over all the departments of Ile-de-France from July 1 to September 15, 2024.

It also reinforces the sanctions in the event of violence in the stadiums, in particular in the event of recidivism or violence in meetings.

Similarly, judicial stadium bans become mandatory in the case of certain offences.

It provides that in the municipalities where competition sites are located, or bordering, the prefect may authorize the opening of shops for goods or services on Sundays from June 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024.

Source: lefigaro

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