ECtHR rules Russian use of facial recognition illegal


The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the use of facial recognition technology to arrest protester Nikolay Glukhin on the Moscow metro system was "incompatible with the ideals and values of a democratic society governed by the rule of law". Glukhin's protest consisted of travelling carrying a life-sized cardboard figure of the dissident Konstantin Kotov holding a banner that said "I’m facing up to five years … for peaceful protests." Glukhin was arrested several days later, charged with failing to notify the authorities of his demonstration, and fined 20,000 rubles (about €200).

Publication: Politico

Writer: Nicolas Camut

Publication date: 2023-07-04

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