Over 180 rights groups and tech experts call for facial recognition ban

26/09/2023 | EDRi

Over 180 civil society groups and technology experts led by European Digital Rights (EDRi) have expressed serious concerns about the human rights and discriminatory impacts of facial recognition surveillance technology, as well as insufficient evidence, safeguards, legal bases, and democratic mandates to justify its use. 

The international action comes as many governments grapple with whether to permit or prohibit live facial recognition. While the EU is preparing to implement a blanket ban on the police using AI-powered facial recognition surveillance under the Artificial Intelligence Act, the UK's use of live facial recognition surveillance is increasing in the retail sector and some police forces. This comes as research has found that the technology has a disproportionately higher inaccuracy rate when identifying people of colour and women, leading to calls for a global stop to facial recognition surveillance.

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