ban on facial recognition and biometrics

AI: One step closer to facial recognition ban!

MEPs discussed the AI Act on October 5th while in Strasbourg. The discussion covered some of the act’s more sensitive aspects such as the use of biometric identification – including facial recognition which fails at identifying people of colour.

The discussion included a proposal to modify Article no. 5 which specifically deals with the prohibition of selling, putting into service, and using biometric systems. This includes use within counter-terrorism and serious crime prevention. So far, it would appear that most MEPs would be in favour of the ban.

Though the development is a small victory for CSOs who have been advocating for the ban, including EDRi’s ‘Reclaim your Face‘ initiative, a challenge remains at the European Council level where a separate discussion on the AI Act seems to lean towards allowing further usage of biometric identification.


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