Published 11/20/2023 9:51 p.m.

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The Minister of the Interior reacted Monday evening to the publication of information from Disclose according to which his ministry would use video surveillance software, one of the functionalities of which allows facial recognition, prohibited in France.

Gérald Darmanin announced on France 5, Monday, November 20, that he had requested an administrative investigation into the use by the Ministry of the Interior of facial recognition via video surveillance software.

The Minister of the Interior was reacting to the publication of information from the investigative site Disclose according to which the police used video surveillance software published by BriefCam, one of the functions of which allows facial recognition. “We use BriefCam like other software, but under the authority of a magistrate” he said in the show “C à vous”. “But no, to my knowledge, we do not use facial recognition,” he added.

“Control procedure” launched by the CNIL

Stressing that the General Directorate of the National Police had recalled in February the ban on the use of facial recognition, Gérald Darmanin announced that he had “requested an administrative investigation within three months”, so, he said, he ” There is no doubt. »

The CNIL, an independent authority which protects the private lives of the French, announced last Wednesday the launch of a “control procedure” targeting the Interior Ministry after the publication of the Disclose investigation.

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