As part of the advocacy efforts, the Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) supported the civil society joint statement ‘The EU AI Act must protect people on the move.’
We + over 190 partners called on the EU institutions to protect, not surveil migrants, people seeking asylum, and those with an irregular migration status from discriminatory artificial intelligence (AI).
For many marginalised groups and people on the move, AI technologies fit into broader systems of over-surveillance, criminalisation, structural discrimination, and violence.
If EU policymakers do not make the necessary changes, the #AIAct will only promote discriminatory AI systems and reinforce existing forms of oppression against certain groups.
On Monday, 12th December, the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament (LIBE Committee) was supposed to vote on the recast of the EURODAC Regulation.
This revision of the Regulation will allow the collection and storage of biometric data of children from the age of 6. It will deepen mass surveillance, tracking, and discrimination against asylum seekers and migrants.
As part of our advocacy efforts, we reached out to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) part of the LIBE Committee and urged them to reject the recast of the EURODAC Regulation.
These blog posts (one and two) explain the origins of the reform and why it is bad.
Read the joint statement