EDPS rejects the European Commission’s plan on facial recognition

Face recognition is a particularly taboo subject that diverges. While this technology is already used in many cases such as crowd monitoring or in airports, not everyone validates its use. Recently the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) asked the European Commission to introduce a ban on the use of facial recognition.

The EDPS considers that this technology represents a “deep and undemocratic intrusion” into the private space of Europeans. This EDPS position comes just two days after the European Commission decided to regulate facial recognition so that it can be used in the search for child abductions or in the search for criminals or terrorists.

The EDPS is particularly vigilant about this project

This project has not yet been discussed with the countries of the European Union and the European Parliament. However, the European Commission is considering a very strict legal framework to make the best use of this technology. Despite the efforts made by Brussels, the EDPS believes that “a more rigorous approach is needed as remote biometric identification (…) poses an extremely high risk of deep and undemocratic intrusion into people’s privacy”.

The EDPS ‘main fear is that authoritarian governments could abuse facial recognition to continuously monitor their populations and thereby abuse their privacy. In any event, if the draft is adopted, the EDPS indicates that he will remain particularly vigilant in relation to “setting precise limits on the instruments and systems that may pose risks to fundamental rights to data protection and privacy”.

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