Hamburg G20 Summit protests facial analysis database legality
Occurred: July 2018
In July 2018, Hamburg's DPA told the police that there was 'insufficient legal justification for the biometric analysis of faces that could justify such intensive encroachments on fundamental rights of the large part of bystanders and other completely uninvolved persons.'
However, in October 2019 an administrative court in Hamburg declared that the DPA's order to delete the database had been illegal. The Hamburg police refused to delete the database, and continued to make the case for the use of automated facial recognition for major future events in the city.
Report for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament (2021). Biometric and Mass Surveillance in EU Member States
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (2020). Datenschutzrechtliche Prüfung des Einsatzes einer Gesichtserkennungssoftware zur Aufklärung von Straftaten im Zusammenhang mit dem G20-Gipfel durch die Polizei Hamburg (pdf)
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Published: February 2023