the bill adopted by the Council of Ministers

Intelligent video surveillance, body scanners, opening of stores on Sundays: the Olympic bill adopted Thursday in the Council of Ministers aims above all to respond to the security challenge that the event represents.

Just under two years from the Paris Olympics, the Council of Ministers adopted on Thursday an Olympic bill aimed at legislative adjustments deemed necessary for the smooth running of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (August 26-11 July then August 28- September 8).

This bill, which will be submitted to the Senate on January 24, 2023 and whose provisions will be studied by Parliament during the first half of 2023, places strong emphasis on the technical security dimension around the event. Through nineteen articles, it proposes to establish a legal framework “experimental and temporary” to pay ” improve “ video surveillance devices, in particular through the implementation of artificial intelligence algorithms capable of detecting “abnormal situations”suspicious crowd movements at competition sites, around stadiums but also in transport.

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The text also includes the installation of body scanners, until now only used in airports, at the entrance to the enclosures of more than 300 people, with the consent of the person. This helps avoid a security pat-down, as Olympic and state organizers face a shortage of private security guards. On the other hand, the use of facial recognition is excluded in the text of the bill. These measures will extend well beyond the Games, until June 30, 2025.

Opening of shops on Sunday around the competition sitesCalled for a long time by the interministerial delegate to the Olympics, Michel Cadot, again at the end of May after the incidents of the Champions League final at the Stade de France, it will be a ” experimentation “ for some “recreational, sporting or cultural events” expose to “risks of terrorism” we “serious threat to the safety of persons”.

These experiments will be authorized by decree, after consulting the CNIL (Commission Informatique et Libertés) and may begin as soon as the law comes into force. “They do not use any biometric data, do not implement any facial recognition technique and cannot carry out any reconciliation, interconnection or automated linking with other processing of personal data”provides the explanatory memorandum to this text of nineteen articles.

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The text also provides for screening measures, that is to say administrative investigation, for members of delegations who reside in the Olympic village, but also volunteers and service providers. It also reinforces the sanctions in the event of violence in the stadiums, in particular in the event of recidivism or violence in meetings. Similarly, judicial stadium bans become mandatory in the case of certain offences.

Another sensitive subject is that of Sunday work. The text provides that in the municipalities where competition sites are located, or bordering, the prefect may authorize the opening of shops for goods or services on Sundays from June 1, 2024 to September 30, 2024.

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