The European Union opposes the use of face recognition cameras in public places. Two EU oversight committees have called for a ban on the use of cameras.
Privacy supervisors, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) have warned individuals in public places of the high risks posed by remote biometric identification.
The EDPB and EDPS also call for the banning of artificial intelligence-based systems that use biometrics to classify individuals on the basis of race, gender, political affiliation or sexual orientation. The use of technology to detect human emotions should also be prohibited, except in very specific cases such as health needs.
In April, the European Commission introduced rules on the use of artificial intelligence with the aim of establishing global standards for the use of this technology, which is dominated by China and the United States. The proposal authorizes the use of artificial intelligence to control high-risk situations in immigration monitoring and performance of police work, but with stricter measures and protection laws. Although the references to EDPB and EDPS are not relevant, they do affect the decision-making process in the European Commission, EU member states and the European Parliament.