The Strategist

European Parliament approves world's first law to ban unacceptable use of AI

03/14/2024 - 02:09

The European Parliament passed a bill on artificial intelligence (AI). Its authors believe that this legislation will promote innovation and safeguard citizens' fundamental rights while also promoting security.

The applicable legislation was accepted in Strasbourg during the plenary session, having been agreed upon during the EP deliberations with EU member states in December 2023.

The new regulations outlaws some AI applications that "threaten citizens' rights," such as biometric classification systems based on sensitive features and the improper extraction of face images from the internet or CCTV footage to create facial recognition databases.

The new law states that law enforcement authorities are "prohibited in principle, except in exhaustively enumerated and narrowly defined situations" from using biometric identification technologies. Only stringent security measures allow for such "in real time" use.

Other high-risk AI systems are expected to have clear responsibilities due to the considerable harm they could cause to human health and safety, basic rights, the environment, democracy, and the rule of law. 

The EU Council is expected to formally ratify the measure following technical clarifications.