EU AI Act negotiations on a knife edge

15/11/2023 | TechCrunch

Trilogue negotiations between the European Council, Parliament, and Commission over the EU Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) are at a difficult stage. MEPs are divided over issues such as prohibitions on AI practices, fundamental rights impact assessments (FRIAs), and exemptions for national security practices. From their perspective, the Council is not giving enough ground, which has led to disagreement. 

Sarah Chander, senior policy adviser at EDRi, expressed her concern during a roundtable event that many core civil society recommendations are being ignored by the Council. For example, there is no agreement on registering the use of high-risk AI systems by law enforcement and immigration authorities, and no clear risk classification process for AI systems. She also mentioned that many other areas are still unclear, such as sought-after bans on biometric categorization and emotion recognition. The next trilogue is on 6 December.

Meanwhile, in a report from the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels this week, Editorial Director Jedidiah Bracy spoke with DragoČ™ Tudorache, AI Act co-rapporteur, and Kai Zenner, digital policy advisor for MEP Axel Voss, for their insights into how the negotiations are progressing. Listen to the podcast here

In related news, EURACTIV reports law enforcement authorities in France have been accused of illegally using facial recognition software since 2015. According to a media investigation by Disclose, which found the French police have been using the Israeli facial recognition software Briefcam since 2015.

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