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European Commission considers tighter regulation of facial recognition data

By Cal Jeffrey · 5 replies
Aug 22, 2019
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  1. The proposed laws would explicitly give citizens the ability to control their facial recognition data and to know when it is being used. It would require businesses, police, and other state agencies to abide by these provisions if they use such technology.

    The GDPR already forbids the collection of “uniquely identifying” biometric data. However, the regulations under consideration would be more explicit. The Financial Times notes that the law would “set a world-standard for AI regulation.”

    This is not the first time Europe has come down on facial recognition. Back in 2016, the EU asked Facebook to exclude the technology from the European version of its now-defunct Moments app. Before that, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner forbade Facebook from using facial recognition in Europe and demanded that it delete its already stored biometric data.

    The Financial Times reports that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen vowed to have new artificial intelligence legislation drafted within her first 100 days in office. Her vision is to establish “a coordinated European approach on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence.”

    Facial recognition is only one tech that falls under the AI umbrella. The commission may consider imposing other restriction regarding the ethical use of artificial intelligence.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,590   +3,188

    If anybody could teach this to China. They are laughing at you, while installing a camera above your bed, and one in your toilet. Privacy in China is a fart in the wind these days. Another reason so many immigrants are coming from there.

    Tightening rules in Europe, and doing nothing about your neighbor, that doesn't work for too long. That's like parking your brand new car in certain areas, and attaching a note - do not touch, I'm from Europe, thinking it will make a difference.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,581   +1,177

    The only thing I could see being "reasonable" is that you get a "receipt" sent to your cellphone each and every time your FACE ID is recognized in public by a camera.

    But that sounds so Orwellian that I must be high.
  4. PEnnn

    PEnnn TS Addict Posts: 141   +116

  5. dangh

    dangh TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +62

    Those are EU regulations, which are meant for people in the EU. We can't change stupid policy in China or in US. And we should not doing that - those are sovereign countries and they have different regulations.
    If someone travel to China he/she knows the risk. but whatever identification will be collected there, can't be used in EU anyway. But, when you travel somewhere you have to adhere to the law of that country. That's pretty normal.
    CrazyDave and BSim500 like this.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,680   +4,025

    Once again, the EU beats everyone to the punch and appears to have better protection for it's' citizens privacy than the rest of the world (including the US, of course).

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