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Two European bodies call for protection of privacy from artificial intelligence

Wednesday, 23 June 2021
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Daily Times, Dubai United Arab Emirates:- The European Data Protection Council, the European Data Protection Supervisory Authority, has called for a general ban on the use of artificial intelligence to recognize the face and other vital and behavioral signals of humans in public places.

The two European bodies considered that the use of artificial intelligence for facial recognition and identification is inconsistent with the regulations of European Union rules that allow the use of the technology for reasons of public security.

The European Data Protection Council and the European Data Protection Supervisory Authority urged the European Union to ban AI with its various face-recognition features, as well as other limitations, including gait metrics, fingerprints and other vital or behavioral cues, in any context in publicly accessible areas.

They said it was illegal for AI systems to use imaging to classify people into groups based on race, gender, political or sexual orientation, or other types of classification under which they could be discriminated against.

The proposal needs to be negotiated with European Union countries and bloc legislators before it becomes law, while the European Data Protection Council and the European Data Protection Supervisory Authority have warned of the extremely high risks posed by remote identification of individuals in public areas, which could be considered a "privacy violation" in their opinion.

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