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EU Parliament favours blanket ban on biometric mass surveillance and use of AI by police

Last month, the UN Human Rights Commission asked for a moratorium on biometric recognition in public spaces.

The EU Parliament passed a resolution in favour of a complete ban on mass surveillance of citizens and predictive policing on October 7, a press release on their website announced. The Parliament demanded such safeguards to combat discrimination and ensure citizens' right to privacy, the announcement mentioned. For the first time ever, we are calling for a moratorium on the deployment of facial recognition systems for law enforcement purposes, as the technology has proven to be ineffective and often leads to discriminatory results. – Peter Vitanov, Member of Parliament, European Union In the past few months, a few regulators have been waking up to the dangers of AI-based mass surveillance. Last month, the UN Human Rights Commission asked for a moratorium on biometric recognition in public spaces. Such resolutions could nudge more jurisdictions to take a proactive approach in regulating…

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