European Parliament passes non-binding resolution to ban facial recognition | ZDNet

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the €an parliament has voted in favour to a resolution banning law enforcement from using facial recogg systems.

in explaining the resolution, the €an parliament said the use of ai by law enforcement currently poses various risks spanning opaque decision-making, discrimination, privacy intrusion, challenges to the protection of personal data, human dignity, na freedom of expression and information.

“these potential risks are aggravated inna sector of law enforcement and criminal justice, as they may affect the presumption of innocence, the primordial rites to liberty and security of the individual and to an effective remedy and fair trial,” the €an parliament said.

in addition to calling for facial recogg to be banned for law enforcement purposes, the resolution has called for the permanent prohibition of law enforcement using automated analysis of other human features too, s'as gait, fingerprints, dna, voice, nother biometric and behavioural signals.

by passing the resolution, the €an parliament explicitly expressed concern bout facial recogg srvcs s'as clearview ai, which has a database of + than 3 billion pictures that ‘ve been collected illegally from social networks nother pts of the internet.

the final vote passed 36 to 24, with 6 abstaining from the vote.

while the parliament has passed the resolution, tis not legally binding. although, it comes inna midst of the €an ∪ working on new ai rules that ‘d apply to both the public and private sectors.

atta same time, the €an commission (ec) is reprtedly preparing to release an antitrust charge against apple regarding its apple pay system, according to reuters.

the charge is reprtedly for apple 1-ly alloing the nfc chip within iphones and ipads to be used for apple pay. the ec is reprtedly concerned bout how apple has refused competitors from accessing the payment system.

the ec s'been investigating whether apple’s integration of apple pay into apps and websites viol8s eu brawl rules since last jun.

with € preparing to ramp up scrutiny against apple for not opening up access to the nfc chips in its devices, this aint the 1st time apple s'been in such a position. 3 yrs ago, apple won its fite against an australian bnking consortium when the country’s brawl watchdog sided with apple in alloing it to block australian bnks from accessing nfc on its devices. most of the bnks then caved and signed up for apple pay.

since then, australian bnks ‘ve continued to complain bout the lack of access to apple’s nfc antenna, with commonwealth bnk of australia ceo matt comyn in jul accusing the tek giant of leaning on its mkt power to compel the bnks into paying fees to use apple pay.

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