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The EU may ban facial recognition for five years. Use of the tech on security cameras has raised concerns of abuse, and the European Commission has proposed a five year brake-pumping that will result in better-researched regulations that aim to protect privacy.

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  • Sounds like a smart move to me. Facial-recognition tech has lots of potential, but without regulation and legal protections this potential is outweighed by its dangers, as evidenced by China’s dystopian use of facial-recognition systems for the tracking of ethnic minorities, dissidents, and other “undesirables.

    Sounds like a smart move to me. Facial-recognition tech has lots of potential, but without regulation and legal protections this potential is outweighed by its dangers, as evidenced by China’s dystopian use of facial-recognition systems for the tracking of ethnic minorities, dissidents, and other “undesirables.”

    Five years does sound like too long of a time, but considering the speed at which the EU generally moves, maybe they really do need that long to come up with the necessary laws...

  • Edward is right about Europe needing to delay the legal use of facial recognition. Not just because of its general dystopian possibilities but because it has a problem dealing with different races which of course is a specific and definite dystopian probability.