Facial recognition ought to be banned in Europe due to its “deep and non-democratic intrusion” into individuals’s personal lives, EU privateness watchdog the European Knowledge Safety Supervisor (EDPS) stated on Friday.
The feedback come two days after the European Fee proposed draft guidelines that might enable facial recognition for use to seek for lacking kids or criminals and in circumstances of terrorist assaults.
The draft guidelines, which must be thrashed out with EU international locations and the European Parliament, are an try by the Fee to set international guidelines for synthetic intelligence, a expertise dominated by China and the USA.
The privateness watchdog stated it regretted that the Fee had not heeded its earlier name to ban facial recognition in public areas.
“A stricter approach is necessary given that remote biometric identification, where AI may contribute to unprecedented developments, presents extremely high risks of deep and non-democratic intrusion into individuals’ private lives,” it stated in a press release.
“The EDPS will focus in particular on setting precise boundaries for those tools and systems which may present risks for the fundamental rights to data protection and privacy.”
The Fee’s proposals have drawn criticism from civil rights teams, involved about loopholes that will enable authoritarian governments to abuse AI to clamp down on individuals’s rights.