The data we share with companies online has become a hot-button issue, but new technologies could soon be scanning us as we go about our day.
That’s the claim made by a neuroscientist, who believes that devices in the real world will start gathering unprecedented levels of information about us.
Our bodies give off various signals that can be scanned and analysed by advanced computer systems, revealing everything from our current mood to our overall health.
In a similar way to wearable gadgets already available, future devices could be set up throughout public spaces to harvest this valuable bio-data.
Because they are part of our surrounding environment there will be no way for us to opt out or ditch the technology and new regulations will be needed, she warns.
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The plans are part of a larger effort by the European Commission to quickly dispatch those not entitled to EU residency.
“Migrants who often paid their life savings to smugglers to bring them to Europe may not be ready to take up assisted voluntary returns unless they see they will be returned anyway”, notes the paper.
If no other solution is found, “returns must be enforced”, with “electronic surveillance” and “semi-closed facilities” as alternative measures to just locking people up, the paper adds.
One idea in the paper proposes compulsory requirements to get member states to log entry bans and return decisions into the EU’s Schengen Information System (SIS).
This includes developing a ‘central automated fingerprint identification system’ for SIS and extending the scope of the EU’s biometric common asylum registration system, Eurodac, to include returns.
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