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FRA referred to its paper on ‘Facial Recognition technology: fundamental rights considerations in the context of law enforcement’. It outlined the safeguards that should apply when considering deploying technology that uses biometric data to respond to public health. 

These include clear and detailed legal frameworks, strict necessity and proportionality testing and a defined purpose for the application, building fundamental rights in the technical specifications and procurement of the technology, and using fundamental rights impact assessments.

More than 100 participants attended the meeting, including representatives of EU Agencies, Member States and industry.