Serbia: Documentary exposes the dangers of mass biometric surveillance


A new documentary sets out the dangers posed by the Serbian government's drive to blanket Belgrade with facial recognition cameras.

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‘Thousands of cameras’ – documentary exposes the dangers of mass biometric surveillance in Serbia (, link):

"A civic initiative, #hiljadekamera [thousands of cameras], composed of concerned citizens, experts and digital rights organisations, has been vocal about the deterioration of privacy in Serbia resulting form massive introduction of video surveillance system with advanced face recognition in the capital Belgrade.

Government of Serbia in cooperation with the Chinese company Huawei has been actively working on the implementation of the Safe City project in Belgrade since 2019. This project involves the installation of thousands smart surveillance cameras with object and face recognition features. The procurement also involves artificial intelligence system used for analytics of the feed captured with these cameras.

The ‘thousands of cameras’ initiative, led by SHARE Foundation, has been advocating for  accountability and respect for data protection laws through numerous activities in the field of crowdmapping the infrastructure, community building, research, advocacy and content production."

See: community strikes back against mass surveillance (SHARE Foundation, link)

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