07 Feb French government seeks to fast track AI legislation for 2024 Olympics
The French government is trying to fast-track legislation in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics that could see artificial intelligence in video surveillance be approved.
If approved, it would mark the first time that the country has allowed the use of automated video camera surveillance, where AI algorithms would be put into play to detect suspicious activity in crowd settings.
While French ministers are calling for exceptional security measures to be approved to support the smooth running of the events, detractors are warning that France is using the Olympics as an excuse to extend police surveillance powers, and make the legislation permanent.
It’s not the first time that security at French sporting events has come under the spotlight. Last year’s Champions League final, held at the Stade de France, was riddled with complaints of fan muggings and attendees teargassed.