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Key highlights from EU’s AI regulation draft: Ban on use in surveillance, social credit scoring

The European Union is mulling a ban on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for "indiscriminate surveillance", specifically for building systems that can track individuals in a physical space. The EU is also considering a ban on AI-based systems from assigning credit scores to people, according to a leaked proposal of the EU, which was first reported by Politico. The EU's draft proposal — named the "Regulation on a European Approach for Artificial Intelligence" —, in no unclear terms, admits that while AI can be used for a variety of purposes, its harms could not be ignored. "Such harm might be material or immaterial, insofar as it related to the safety and health of persons, their property or other individual fundamental rights and interests protected by Union law," the draft read. A legal framework is needed to ensure that the development and uptake of AI meets a high level of protection of public interests, in particular the health, safety and fundamental rights. "This Regulation aims to improve the functioning of the internal market by creating the conditions for an ecosystem of trust regarding the placing on the market, putting into service and use of artificial intelligence in the Union." The draft states that a key tenet of the proposed framework is to not focus on the technology as such, but on their use, specifically when they are used as a component in a product or in a standalone form where the output is partially or fully automated. "As a component…

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