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EU Data Watchdogs Call for Ban on Facial Recognition Through AI

June 21, 2021, 11:48 AM

European Union data protection watchdogs called for a “general ban” on any use of artificial intelligence to identify people in public spaces warning of the “extremely high risks” to people’s privacy.

The two bodies charged with overseeing compliance with the bloc’s strict data protection rules called for the ban “on any use of AI.” The embargo should cover remote biometric identification of people in public and the use of technology “to categorize individuals into clusters based on ethnicity, gender, political or sexual orientation,” which could lead to discrimination.

“Deploying remote biometric identification in publicly accessible spaces means the end of ...

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