EU considers five-year ban on face recognition technology in public places

BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) — The European Commission is drawing up a plan to ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places for three to five years to allow time to study how to prevent the technology from being abused,media reported. The European Commission’s plan comes amid an 18-page white paper that comes amid a global debate over artificial intelligence-driven face recognition technology, which is widely used by law enforcement agencies.

EU considers five-year ban on face recognition technology in public places

The European Commission said new strict rules may be needed to strengthen existing rules protecting privacy and data rights. “On the basis of existing provisions, future regulatory frameworks could go further, including a time-limited ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public places. “

During the three- to five-year ban period, “reasonable methods for assessing the impact of this technology and possible risk management measures can be identified and developed.” “

The document also recommends that developers and users of artificial intelligence be subject to obligations and that EU countries appoint relevant bodies to oversee the implementation of the new rules.

The European Commission will seek feedback on its white paper before making a final decision. Margaret Verstappen, the EU’s commissioner for figures and antitrust, is expected to present her proposals next month.