The European Parliament has called for a ban on predictive policing and mass biometric surveillance, as MEPs voted to ban social registration systems, the use of artificial intelligence in judicial decisions, and private facial recognition databases – such as the ClearviewAI system.
The majority of lawmakers (377 to 248) supported the broad decision on the use of AI in criminal law and police, TheNextWeb reported.
Bulgarian MP Petar Vitanov, author of the resolution, described the vote as a “big win” for European citizens:
For the first time ever we are calling for a halt to the deployment of facial recognition systems for law enforcement purposes, as the technology has proven to be ineffective and often leads to discriminatory results, and we are clearly opposed to predictive policing based on the use of artificial intelligence as well as any processing of vital data that leads to mass surveillance .
The dangers of these systems have already been revealed according to the report, as the predictive police system used in the Netherlands, for example, has been found to specifically target people of Eastern European descent.
While the decision is not binding, the vote could be a strong indication of what MEPs want from the EU’s upcoming AI law.
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