The European Commission is mulling a short-lived ban of approximately 5 years on using facial acknowledgment technology in public locations in the EU, such as sport stadiums or town centres.
A draft white paper on artificial intelligence, which undergoes change, exposed the strategy prepared by the EU executive. It was dripped amid growing worries over security creep.
The paper, obtained by news website EurActiv, said that Brussels could bring forward guideline consisting of “a time– restricted restriction on using facial acknowledgment technology in public spaces.”
A ban would buy regulators time to overtake a fast-moving tech sector but might impact German strategies to roll out facial acknowledgment in at 134 train stations and 14 airports. France likewise wants to develop a legal basis for embedding facial recognition in its video surveillance systems.
“Facial recognition innovation by private or public actors in public areas would be prohibited for a definite period (e.g. 3– 5 years) during which a sound approach for examining the impacts of this innovation and possible risk management measures could be recognized and developed,” the draft paper said.
The document points out the EU’s basic information protection regulation as justification for the ban. That law safeguards EU residents from being “based on a decision based exclusively on automated processing, including profiling.”