The European Union plans to ban the use of AI in mass surveillance


With the spread of AI technology, the European Union is considering a ban on the use of AI for mass surveillance and social credit scores, among other applications.

The leaked draft proposal, first reported by Politico and expected to go official next week, will see the European Union take a strong stand on specific AI applications, similar to the European Union’s Digital Privacy Regulation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to the US website The Verge, according to the draft, a ban on AI is required for “random surveillance”, including systems that track individuals directly in physical environments or collect data from other sources, and it seeks to ban AI systems that generate scores. Social Credit, which means judging someone’s trustworthiness based on social behavior or expected personality traits

The draft proposal seeks to prohibit special permission to use “remote identification systems” such as facial recognition in public places, and requests notifications when people interact with the AI ​​system, unless this is “clear from the circumstances and context of use.”

Perhaps the main section of the document is Article 4, which bans certain uses of AI, including mass surveillance and social credit scores. The EU proposal also requires new oversight of “high-risk” AI systems, including those that pose a direct threat to safety. , Such as self-driving cars, and those that have a high chance of affecting someone’s livelihood, such as those used in employment, court decisions, and credit scoring.

But the proposal also sparked some criticism on social media, and Omar Tene, vice president of the non-profit International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), said on Twitter that the regulation “represents Brussels’ model approach to new technology and innovation, and when in doubt, it regulates.”

Tenny commented, “The basic requirement of the regulation is Article 4, which defines” prohibited AI practices, “and it will cause great panic because it is vague and possibly comprehensive.”


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