Facial recognition, other 'risky' AI set for constraints in European Union

Digital rights group EDRI has warned against loopholes for public security exceptions use of the technology

Natalia Drozdiak | Bloomberg

Facial recognition and other high-risk artificial intelligence applications will face strict constraints under new rules unveiled by the European Union that threaten hefty fines for companies that don’t comply.
The European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, proposed measures on Wednesday that would ban certain AI applications in the EU, including those that exploit vulnerable groups, deploy subliminal techniques or score people’s social behavior.
The use of facial recognition and other real-time remote biometric identification systems by law enforcement would also be prohibited, unless used to prevent a terror attack, find missing children or tackle other public security emergencies.

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First Published: Apr 22 2021 | 12:51 AM IST

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