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EU parliament majority now in favor of banning AI surveillance in public

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Renault, the third largest group in the European Union Parliament, joined forces with Greens, Socialists and Democrats in supporting a ban on artificial intelligence (AI) facial recognition in public crowds.

The move was reported by Politico, which received a document detailing a proposed civil liability law for AI applications.

“We will ban what we think is not in accordance with our values, the spread [of biometric identification] In public places where we as Europeans are, we believe we need to be freed from the dangers of mass surveillance,” said Renault’s Dragoy Todorash.

“The prevailing attitude in this house is to support the ban on this technology.”

Teodorach’s words mark an apparent turn for the minister, who earlier this year opposed the ban in the Artificial Intelligence Act, saying there is a legitimate role for facial biometrics in law enforcement.

“The mood has changed,” he told Politico. “In my group, there is a majority in favor of this idea of ​​ban.”

According to Tudorach, the change of heart stems from the fact that, after further analysis, Renew concluded that it does not want exceptions for police to use facial biometric technologies in specific cases, as these present “extremely difficult control and accountability”.

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Despite the minister’s statements, some countries in the European Union, including France, consider facial recognition a necessity for public safety.

This trend has also been highlighted by the draft changes that EU countries have made to AI law seen by Politico. According to the document, some EU countries are pushing to add more exceptions to enforce the law.

These include the police’s ability to use real-time facial recognition (RTFR) to prevent any “real threat” to critical infrastructure. Exceptions join the list, which already includes the search for kidnapping victims and suspects of crimes.

German liberal Svenja Hahn told Politico that negotiations are still ongoing, but the EU Parliament will formally try to secure its position on the issue by the end of the year.

Article topics

AI | Artificial Intelligence Law | identification | Biometrics | European Union | Facial recognition | Organizing | video surveillance

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