Technologies that take advantage ofartificial intelligence (AI) for facial recognition and identification of people through their face can no longer be used in public places in the European Union (EU).
This is the decision taken today by the European Parliament’s Justice and Internal Market committees, which voted by majority for a total ban on these applications.
The EU rejects AI facial recognition
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The proposal, put forward by the Socialists, Greens and Liberals, met with opposition from the Populars. Voting is part of a larger set of rules for AI called AiActwhich establishes for the first time the principles and limits for the development and use of this technology in the EU.
The document received broad approval from parliamentarians. Ansa reports that the text was approved with 84 votes in favor, 7 against and 12 abstentions.
Meanwhile, in another piece of news leaked yesterday, European authorities are in the process of definitively approving Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The acquisition has been frozen for over a year, with leading global regulators voicing concerns about the competitiveness of the gaming market. The British CMA has rejected the acquisition, while the American FTC is still assessing the situation. The EU is expected to give the green light next week.