A new proposal for regulating AI in the EU

by EdoArad1 min read26th Apr 20213 comments

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The European Commission's rules would ban "AI systems considered a clear threat to the safety, livelihoods and rights of people", it said.

It is also proposing far stricter rules on the use of biometrics - such as facial recognition being used by law enforcement, which would be limited.

The official publication is here. Note that this is a proposal that would take months-years to pass.

The suggested list of banned AI systems includes:

  • those designed or used in a manner that manipulates human behaviour, opinions or decisions ...causing a person to behave, form an opinion or take a decision to their detriment
  • AI systems used for indiscriminate surveillance applied in a generalised manner
  • AI systems used for social scoring
  • those that exploit information or predictions and a person or group of persons in order to target their vulnerabilities

 The use of AI in the military is exempt, as are systems used by authorities in order to safeguard public security.

[Edited to add the publication, thanks to Charlotte's comment below]

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Hi Edo, instead of the leaked document, you might want to link to the official publication which is here. The European Commission published simultaneously the Coordinated Plan on AI. Some readers unfamiliar with the EU legislative process might assume that the details of the regulation are almost fixed, which is not the case. During the next months/years, the Council and the European Parliament will work on the proposal and will have trilogue meetings

Thanks! I'll update the post :) I was hoping for someone more knowledgeable than myself to chip in

Also see the response from CSER here.