EU Regulators Urge Bloc to Ban Facial Recognition Technologies in Public Places

Citing concerns for individual rights and freedoms.

Tech
1,440 Hypes 2 Comments

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.

Responding to the proposal of an AI regulatory framework from the European Commission — the executive branch of the EU — both the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) 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. On top of this, they also call for the ban on using biometrics to categorize individuals into groups based on gender, ethnicity, sexual and political or sexual orientation.

The framework itself was proposed for law enforcement and the prevention of terrorist attacks, but the EDPB and EDPS argue that the use of such technologies would infringe on the personal freedoms and rights of EU citizens and lead to discrimination. “Deploying remote biometric identification in publicly accessible spaces means the end of anonymity in those places,” reads a joint statement from the two regulatory bodies. “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.”

“A general ban on the use of facial recognition in publicly accessible areas is the necessary starting point if we want to preserve our freedoms and create a human-centric legal framework for AI,” it continued. “The proposed regulation should also prohibit any type of use of AI for social scoring, as it is against the EU fundamental values and can lead to discrimination.”

In other related news, Amazon is allegedly destroying “millions” of items of unused stock every year.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

The EU Aims to Have 30 Million Electric Cars on the Road by 2030
Automotive

The EU Aims to Have 30 Million Electric Cars on the Road by 2030

A giant leap from the 1.8 million currently across the continent.

European Union Likely to Ban Travelers from the United States
Travel

European Union Likely to Ban Travelers from the United States

As the member states begin to open up.

Amazon and Microsoft to Stop Providing Police Forces With Facial Recognition Technology
Tech 

Amazon and Microsoft to Stop Providing Police Forces With Facial Recognition Technology

Until more concrete regulations are in place.


San Francisco Votes to Ban Facial Recognition by Government Agencies
Tech

San Francisco Votes to Ban Facial Recognition by Government Agencies

The first U.S. city to veto the technology.

Rolls-Royce Wants to Fully Decarbonize Jet Engines by 2050
Automotive

Rolls-Royce Wants to Fully Decarbonize Jet Engines by 2050

Sustainable biofuels will help lower CO2 emissions, helping Rolls-Royce become net-zero.

Samsung Unveils Its PlayStation 5-Ready Odyssey Gaming Monitor
Tech

Samsung Unveils Its PlayStation 5-Ready Odyssey Gaming Monitor

HDMI 2.1 support and 4K 144Hz performance.

ALICE LAWRANCE's SS21 Collection Is an Ode to Its Beginnings
Fashion

ALICE LAWRANCE's SS21 Collection Is an Ode to Its Beginnings

Titled “Seoul 2015.”

Vin Diesel Hints at Cardi B's Return for 'Fast & Furious 10'
Entertainment

Vin Diesel Hints at Cardi B's Return for 'Fast & Furious 10'

‘F9’ hits theaters on June 25.

'Cyberbunk 2077' Returns to PlayStation Store
Gaming

'Cyberbunk 2077' Returns to PlayStation Store

“Users may continue to experience some performance issues with the PS4 edition.”


Rick Ross Says He and Drake Are Adamant on Dropping Collab Album
Music

Rick Ross Says He and Drake Are Adamant on Dropping Collab Album

Previously sharing that the two have genuinely talked about a partnership.

MANHART's New Land Rover Defender DP 500 Offers 512 HP and a Luxe Interior
Automotive

MANHART's New Land Rover Defender DP 500 Offers 512 HP and a Luxe Interior

Is this V6-based version as good as the soon-coming supercharged V8 Defender?

Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan Announce Two-Night Co-Headlining Arena Shows
Entertainment

Dave Chappelle and Joe Rogan Announce Two-Night Co-Headlining Arena Shows

Taking place this September.

J. Cole Teases 'The Off-Season' Tour
Music

J. Cole Teases 'The Off-Season' Tour

Taking to Instagram to convey a cryptic message to fans.

Spy Shots Reveal That Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne Will Drive the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept in 'The Flash'
Automotive

Spy Shots Reveal That Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne Will Drive the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept in 'The Flash'

The 19-foot-long coupe is almost as long as the Batmobile.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.