The European Commission has laid out its plans for the first legal framework on artificial intelligence (AI).
The proposals take a tiered, risk-based approach. Systems deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to the safety, livelihoods and rights of people would be banned. These include tools that allow ‘social scoring’ by governments.
Under the Artificial Intelligence Act, the use of real-time biometric identification systems like facial recognition would also be prohibited in public spaces, apart from in exceptional circumstances such as a missing child or an imminent terrorist threat.
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, said: “On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice to have. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted.
“By setting the standards, we can pave the way to ethical technology worldwide and ensure that the EU remains competitive along the way. Future-proof and innovation-friendly, our rules will intervene where strictly needed: when the safety and fundamental rights of EU citizens are at stake.”
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