European Union to regulate AI Technology

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The #EU has taken on data privacy. Arguable the most stringent data protection regulators, the European Data Protection Board (#EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (#EDPS) have identified #AI as a technology in need of protection for consumers. “future AI regulation should prohibit any type of social scoring because it can lead to discrimination and is against the EU fundamental values. ” . To avoid becoming a surveillance state, the EU will prohibit any kind of automated scoring such as facial recognition by ethnicity, gender, political or sexual orientation for casual purpose. Walking into a football stadium and having your face scanned for entry in lieu of a ticket is not going to fly.

What does this mean for tech that is already in place such as the unlock feature on mobile phones? The stance that the EDPS and EDPB are taking is that data protection should supersede all technology. That citizens should have the right to be anonymous above all. Surely this would affect and/or limit what technology can bring in a holistic experience however the risk has proven to be real and subject to oversight.

As governments move to protect consumers around the world, it will be interesting to see if the government would in itself limit the technology form agencies. Most of the regulation seems to be targeted at the private sector while not much is said about how the governments will limit of ban the use of AI in their daily activities.

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