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This and other AI measures have been discussed by MEPs aiming at endorsing new transparency and risk-management rules for AI systems. The suggested legal document lists bans on various intrusive methods such as “real time” and “post” forms of biometric identification systems, categorisation systems identifying race, gender, ethnicity etc., emotion recognition systems to name a few. The former involves AI detecting the emotions of a person through their facial expressions.

Today, the Internal Market Committee and the Civil Liberties Committee adopted a draft negotiating mandate on the first ever rules for artificial intelligence. 84 votes were in favour of the law, 7 against it and 12 abstaining from the vote. This is one more step towards taking AI technology under control, at least in Europe. “Once approved, they will be the world’s first rules on Artificial Intelligence”, the official statement from the EP asserts.

The full text of the legal document is available here.


  • Irina Shtreis

    Irina Shtreis is a London/Reykjavik-based music writer, researcher and musician. Her byline has appeared in British publications such as MOJO magazine, The Quietus and Louder Than War. Irina has been a news editor of the latter since 2020.


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