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EU to draw up rules to ban AI for mass biometric surveillance and predictive policing

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EU to draw up rules to ban AI for mass biometric surveillance and predictive policing-GadgetAny

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The EU has made progress towards imposing strict AI legislation by adopting new protections that will outlaw a variety of risky use cases.

These include restrictions on widespread facial recognition software in public spaces and predictive police tools that use individual data to try to detect potential future crimes. A public database of “high-risk” AI systems used by public and governmental entities must also be created in accordance with the rule so that EU individuals can learn when and how this technology is affecting them.

The law in question is a fresh version of the EU’s AI Act that was accepted today by the Internal Market Committee and the Civil Liberties Committee, two significant panels. MEPs (members of the European Parliament) who have been tasked with monitoring the progress of the law make up these committees. With 84 votes in favor, seven against, and 12 abstentions, they passed the final draught.

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The massive AI Act has long been in the works, but this year’s surge in popularity of generative AI tools necessitated a number of important and last-minute revisions. However, it appears that this additional focus has drawn policymakers’ attention to the possible risks posed by this rapidly evolving technology. The campaigners said the act’s current iteration, which may still undergo amendments, is very much appreciated.

“It’s overwhelmingly good news,” Daniel Leufer, a senior policy analyst at nonprofit Access Now, told The Verge. “I think there’s been huge positive changes made to the text.”


“[It’s] globally significant,” Sarah Chander, senior policy advisor at digital advocacy group European Digital Rights, told The Verge. “Never has the democratic arm of a regional bloc like the EU made such a significant step on prohibiting tech uses from a human rights perspective.”

These rules are likely to have an impact on nations all over the world, as Chander suggests. Because the EU is such a big market, tech businesses frequently adhere to EU-specific regulations globally to avoid the hassle of maintaining various sets of standards. Users in the US, UK, and other countries may benefit from the availability of information on AI systems that the EU has requested.

Awanish Kumar

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