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Vestager Wants ¨Particularly High¨ AI Standards

 |  January 28, 2020

Artificial Intelligence technologies deployed in the public sector should be held to “particularly high standards when it comes to transparency and accountability,” the  European Commission’s Vice-President in charge of digital policy, Margrethe Vestager, said on Monday (27 January).

Speaking to lawmakers in the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee, Vestager also warned that “serious concerns” may emerge in the use of certain Artificial Intelligence technologies, such as facial recognition.

Facial recognition “may be used in ways that would raise serious concerns when it comes to data protection, but also to fundamental values as the right to assemble,” said Vestager who is also the EU’s antitrust commissioner.

The European Commission will address those concerns in a forthcoming AI White Paper to be published on February 19, the commissioner added.

Vestager’s comments come after EURACTIV recently revealed that the European Commission is considering measures to impose a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies used by both public and private actors. Currently, however, it is not the executive’s preferred course of action.

Full Content: EurActiv

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