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TES file: CNNum launches an online concertation platform

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Following the publication of decree n°2016-1460 providing for the establishment of a new file of "secure electronic titles" (TES), the CNNum launched an online consultation on the issues and risks relating to this file, denouncing in particular the "absence of any consultation prior to publication" and that "the existence of such a file leaves the door open to abuses that are as likely as they are unacceptable".
 
An Sunday 30 October, the Government published Decree n°2016-1460 providing for the establishment of a new file of "secure electronic documents of title" (TES) on an unprecedented scale. This file will eventually bring together the civil status and biometric data of nearly 60 million French citizens.
The Government has indicated its intention to hold a parliamentary debate without a vote on the matter. CNNum takes note of this initiative and therefore considers it useful to supplement it with open consultation. As the project combines technical and legal issues, the debate must necessarily focus on both aspects.
 
Nearly forty years after the scandal linked to the SAFARI file, which gave rise to the National Commission for Information Technology and Liberties (CNIL), and at a time when the emergence of new authoritarian temptations is being observed just about everywhere in the world, it seems necessary to understand exactly what the establishment of such a file means. The Council believes that "the retreat of democracy and the rise of populism, including in Europe and the United States, make these bets on the future unreasonable", and would have liked to see "more resilient technical alternatives that respect citizens' rights" studied.

It is the role of the Council to be the forum for this enlightenment through its consultations. This is what it has done upstream of the digital law, but also of the programme under way for the digital transformation of universities, for example.
 
The purpose of this platform is to collect proposals from citizens and experts in order to highlight the challenges posed by this roster. This consultation, scheduled to last 10 days, will therefore aim to feed into an opinion of the CNNum, which will be published in a few weeks' time, on the advisability of creating such a file and on its possible possibilities for improvement, both in legal and technical terms. It will focus in particular on three points, which focus a number of questions and concerns:
 
- the centralization of this database and the related IT security issues;
- the possibilities of misuse of such a file and the means of preventing them ;
- the modes of governance of the State's technological choices.
 
The CNNum would like to invite the Government and the various public authorities to communicate via the platform any information, context or lighting element that would allow a better understanding of the technical architecture chosen and the reasons for its choice. In particular, it hopes that the Government will be able to authorise the interministerial bodies concerned - SGMAP, DINSIC, ANSSI, etc. - to share their analyses on the subject.
 
The Council hopes that its opinion, and the consultation that has led to the emergence of shared diagnoses and alternative solutions, will be tools for parliamentary debate and the future work of the Government.
 
Link to the debate platform: http://tes.cnnumerique.fr/
 

 

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