EU Temporary Bans Face Recognition Software In Public Transport

The European Union has decided to impose a temporary ban for a period of three to five years on the use of facial recognition in the public space to clarify the legal and moral aspects, the newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung writes.

The publication notes that this technology is widely used in China and the United States by law enforcement agencies. The position of Brussels was influenced by the American company Clearview, which, using artificial intelligence, created a database of three billion photographs from open sources.

The inventors guarantee that they are able to recognize almost every man or woman on the planet. In Europe, such an initiative is considered a violation of human rights.

According to representatives of large search engines, the use of artificial intelligence in information products must be regulated. Using the face recognition program, you can find missing people. However, there is no guarantee that the data obtained will not be used for unseemly purposes. European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is preparing a report, which will set out the EU’s contribution to the development of artificial intelligence, as well as its position on the face recognition program. Europeans agree that, first of all, it is necessary to develop methods for assessing the impact of technology on society and reduce possible risks.

source: nzz.ch

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