07/10/2021

EU Parliament

EU limits law enforcement's AI use, bans facial recognition

Members of European Parliament have voted 377-248 in support of a resolution calling for proper safeguards about how law enforcement use of artificial intelligence surveillance and an outright ban on its public use of facial recognition. MEPs also called for human supervision over AI systems to mitigate risks of bias, noting a need for human decision-making and data subject rights. Regarding facial recognition, Bulgarian MEP Petar Vitanov said a ban is justified because "the technology has proven to be ineffective and often leads to discriminatory results."

In related news, the World Economic Forum has published the first-ever global framework for ethical use of facial recognition by law enforcement: A Policy Framework for Responsible Limits on Facial Recognition Use Case: Law Enforcement Investigations. The framework includes proposed principles for law enforcement to follow during investigations. The white paper was developed in partnership with the International Criminal Police Organization, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the Police of the Netherlands, along with academics and government experts.

UPDATE: Privacy International posted a blog discussing the implications of the EU parliament's stand against AI mass surveillance.

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