Sci-fi surveillance: Europe’s secretive push into biometric technology


EU science funding is being spent on developing new tools for policing and security.

€1.7bn from the programme over the past seven years backed the development of security products for police forces and border control agencies in the public and private sectors. Much of it involves cutting-edge technology: artificial intelligence, unmanned drones and augmented reality, as well as facial, voice, vein and iris recognition and other forms of biometrics that could be deployed for surveillance.

EU officials say such innovation is crucial for dealing with crime, terrorism and natural disasters. The strategic goal is to bolster the bloc’s security companies to compete with the US, Israel and China.

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