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European Union watchdogs want to ban AI-powered Facial Recognition

European Union watchdogs want to ban AI-powered Facial Recognition

European Union privacy regulators are calling for a ban on AI technology used in identifying people while they are out in public. They firmly believe that the continued use of such technology can pose a high risk to the public’s privacy.

Data protection watchdogs for the European Union recently called for a comprehensive ban on using AI technology to identify people in public. They want to warn every one of the extreme risks it poses to the privacy of the masses.

Two of EU’s data privacy chiefs, Wojciech Wiewiorowski and Andrea Jelinek, stated in a joint statement, “Deploying remote biometric identification in publicly accessible spaces means the end of anonymity in those places.” They would like to ban the use of any AI. This should cover not just biometric identification for members of the public but also using technology to classify people into groups based on gender, ethnicity,  political inclinations or sexual orientation as this can result in discrimination.

New rules

This call for action was followed with the new rules proposed by the EU back in April, which were connected to the limitation of facial recognition software and risky AI technologies used abundantly throughout the region. The privacy chief of Britain also had issued a warning last week regarding the risks of using facial recognition software that is accessible to the public.

The heads of the European Data Protection Supervisors and the European Data Protection Board said that “Applications such as live facial recognition interfere with fundamental rights and freedoms to such an extent that they may call into question the essence of these rights and freedoms.”

This opinion is not binding, but it does, however, have considerable weight within the European Parliament, EU countries, and the Commission.