Chris Jones

Researcher and journalist based in London

Hard power: Europe’s military drift causes alarm

The EU was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2012 in recognition of “six decades of promoting peace and reconciliation” in Europe. In his acceptance speech in Oslo, the then president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said the world could “count on our efforts to fight for lasting... Read more

The Guardian: Sci-fi surveillance: Europe's secretive push into biometric technology

Patrick Breyer didn’t expect to have to take the European commission to court. The softly spoken German MEP was startled when in July 2019 he read about a new technology to detect from facial “micro-expressions” when somebody is lying while answering questions. Even more startling was that the EU... Read more

Politico Europe: Brussels considers pan-EU police searches of ID photos

Ready for your closeup? Your face could soon be included in police databases searchable by law enforcement across the European Union. The Council of the EU has been advised to include photos of the Continent’s residents in a network of databases that could be searched by police using facial... Read more

The Intercept: Leaked reports show EU police are planning a pan-European network of facial recognition databases

A police investigator in Spain is trying to solve a crime, but she only has an image of a suspect’s face, caught by a nearby security camera. European police have long had access to fingerprint and DNA databases throughout the 27 countries of the European Union and, in certain cases, the United... Read more

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