EU considers ban on public face recognition
17 January 2020 17:02 GMT

The European Union is mulling a potential ban on the use of facial recognition technologies in public areas. 

As reported by Reuters, the EU is considering a ban of up to five years on facial recognition in locations such as parks, tourist hotspots, and sports venues -- to give politicians time to thrash out legislation to prevent its abuse. 

The proposals, as seen by the publication, are part of an 18-page whitepaper that suggests a ban could permit the time to create a "sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures."

“Facial recognition technology by private or public actors in public spaces would be prohibited for a definite period (e.g. 3–5 years) during which a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed,” the draft paper said. 

The document cites the EU’s general data protection regulation as justification for the ban. That law protects EU citizens from being “subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling.”