Europe might ban facial recognition in public spaces for up to 5 years

Tech 17-1-2020 Mashable 22
Europe might ban facial recognition in public spaces for up to 5 years

Facial recognition technology may soon be banned in the public spaces of the European Union. 

The European Commission is considering a temporary ban, lasting 3-5 years, on such technology in public spaces, for private and public organizations alike. This is according to a draft white paper on artificial intelligence, obtained by Euractiv and Politico.

According to the document, the purpose of the ban is to identify and develop "a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures."

The reasoning for the ban on facial recognition stems from the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which states that citizens should have “the right not to be subject of a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning him or her or similarly significantly affects him or her.” Read more...

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