French police can collect race and sex life data

Connexion explores whether or not police can collect race and even sex life data.
Connexion explores whether or not police can collect race and even sex life data.

The right of gendarmes to collect individuals’ sensitive personal data such as religion or sexual orientation came into force this year and, unsurprisingly, provoked controversy.

The application in question

A new app, Gendnotes, is meant to allow gendarmes to take notes on incidents and to simplify conservation and transmission of data. The app was permitted by a government decree in February. The controversial aspect is that, where “necessary” and “proportional”, gendarmes may note a person’s “supposed racial and ethnic origins”, ...

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