European Parliament stands for ban of mass face recognition

Source : 112 Ukraine

The resolution is supported by 377 MEPs
15:16, 8 October 2021

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The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution banning the mass automatic face recognition in public places. This decision will not have legal force, but only demonstrates the position of the lawmakers as the European Parliament website states.

The document refers to only one case when EU residents can be the target of surveillance using facial recognition, which is suspicion of a crime. Among other things, according to lawmakers, government agencies should also start using open-source software.

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The resolution was supported by 377 MEPs, 248 MEPs opposed, and 62 MEPs abstained.

The lawmakers also called for a ban on the use of private facial recognition databases, such as the artificial intelligence system of the American startup Clearview, which is already used by the police in some countries, as well as crime prediction systems based on behavioral data.

As we reported, Ukraine intends to install special video surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with quarantine.



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