The French Senate voted on Monday to adopt a draft law on testing facial recognition technology in public spaces. The law will allow judicial investigators and intelligence services to use remote biometric identification in public for three years.

The draft law was adopted amid opposition from human rights organizations and certain politicians with 226 votes in favor and 177 votes against from left-wing senators, Le Monde reports.

In May, the Senate tried to quell public concerns by promising to set limits on the use of the technology and “prevent a surveillance society.”

The new draft specifies that real-time facial recognition use in public will be limited to tracking down terrorists by intelligence services, child abductions and particularly serious crimes. In the latter two cases, judicial investigators will need to seek out authorization from the Prime Minister, prosecutor or examining judge which will only be valid for 48 hours.

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