Europe takes on facial recognition

The European Union is planning to regulate facial recognition technology and give people rights over tne use of any data gathered.

A new regulatory regime would aim to limit the widespread use of artificial-intelligence driven facial recognition while EU citizens would need to be informed of its use.

Collecting data that can be deployed to identify people without consent is prohibited under EU general data protection regulation.

Recently a school in Sweden was fined SKr200,000 under GDPR for breaching pupils’ rights with a camera surveillance trial.

In the UK, the Information Commissioner's Office Media is looking into the use of live facial recognition technology at King’s Cross in London.

"Scanning people's faces as they lawfully go about their daily lives, in order to identify them, is a potential threat to privacy that should concern us all,” says the ICO.

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