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Transparency lawsuit against secretive EU sci-fi surveillance research: date for court hearing set

European Parliament Freedom, democracy and transparency Press releases

With a supposed “video lie detector”, the EU has funded the testing of “artificial intelligence” on travellers. The technology claims to detect deception by immigrants by analysing video recordings of their faces when answering questions. MEP and civil liberties activist Patrick Breyer (Pirate Party) filed a lawsuit on 15 March 2019 for the release of documents on the ethical evaluation, legal admissibility, marketing and results of the project. The European Court in Luxembourg will publicly hear Breyer’s case T-158/19 on 5 February 2021 starting at 9.30 a.m.

In the run-up to the hearing, the EU Commission has left Breyer’s parliamentary questions on false accusations and discriminatory effects of the “video lie detector technology” unanswered.[1]

“The European Union is funding illegal technology that violates fundamental rights and is unethical,” Breyer criticises. “It labels the research a ‘trade secret’ of the corporations involved. With my transparency lawsuit, I want the court to rule once and for all that taxpayers, scientists, media and Members of Parliament have a right to information on publicly funded research – especially in the case of pseudoscientific and Orwellian technology such as the ‘iBorderCtrl video lie detector’.”

More information on the case



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