EDPB & EDPS call for ban on use of AI for automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces, and some other uses of AI that can lead to unfair discrimination

The EDPB & EDPS call for a general ban on any use of AI for automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces, such as recognition of faces, gait, fingerprints, DNA, voice, keystrokes & other biometric or behavioural signals, in any context.

https://edpb.europa.eu/news/news/2021/edpb-edps-call-ban-use-ai-automated-recognition-human-features-publicly-accessible_en

I think it is great that the EDPB and EDPS join in on the movement we’ve seen against AI, in particular using AI to recognize faces (“facial recognition”) - which is quite a problematic development we are seeing in many public places.

GDPR obviously generally prohibits facial recognition anyways under Art. 9, and that’s been used as an excuse by many politicians, they thus do not deem it necessary to repeat the law. But I believe that it is important that we explicitly prohibit the use of facial recognition, especially in public spaces.

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