CM – EU regulators urge Block to ban facial recognition technology in public places


Regulators in the European Union are now calling for the governing body to ban the use of facial recognition and artificial intelligence frameworks in public spaces.

In response to the proposal for an AI regulatory framework by the European Commission – the EU executive – Both the European Data Protection Board (EDPS) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) have called for facial recognition technology to be banned in public, including the use of fingerprints, DNA, voice or other biometric and behavioral signals. In addition, they call for the ban on biometrics to classify people into groups based on gender, ethnicity, sexual and political or sexual orientation.

The framework itself was proposed for law enforcement and terrorist attack prevention, but the EDPS and the EDPS argue that the use of such technologies would violate the personal freedoms and rights of EU citizens and lead to discrimination. « The use of biometric remote identification in publicly accessible rooms means the end of anonymity in these places, » says a joint statement by the two supervisory authorities. « Applications like live face recognition intervene so strongly in fundamental rights and freedoms that they can question the essence of these rights and freedoms. »

« A general ban on the use of facial recognition in publicly accessible areas is the necessary starting point if we want to safeguard our freedoms and create a human-centered legal framework for AI, » it said. « The proposed regulation should also prohibit any kind of use of AI for social scoring, as this violates the basic values ​​of the EU and can lead to discrimination. »

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