Ban facial recognition in Europe, says EU privacy watchdog

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(Reuters) – Facial recognition should be banned in Europe because of its “deep and undemocratic intrusion” into citizens’ privacy, said the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), the European Data Protection Supervisor, on Friday. private life.

The comments come two days after the European Commission proposed draft rules to allow facial recognition to be used to search for missing children or felons and in terrorist attacks.

The draft rules, which are to be discussed with EU countries and the European Parliament, are an attempt by the Commission to set global rules for artificial intelligence, a technology dominated by China and the United States.

The privacy watchdog has said it regrets the Commission ignored its previous call to ban facial recognition in public spaces.

“A stricter approach is needed given that remote biometric identification, where AI can contribute to unprecedented developments, presents extremely high risks of deep and undemocratic intrusion into the privacy of individuals,” said he said in a press release.

“The EDPS will focus in particular on defining precise limits for tools and systems that may present risks for fundamental rights to data protection and privacy.”

The Commission’s proposals have drawn criticism from civil rights groups, concerned about loopholes that could allow authoritarian governments to abuse AI to crack down on human rights.

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