European Union Moves to Regulate
April 22, 2021
The European Union’s executive
branch on Wednesday announced
proposals designed to regulate the
use of artificial intelligence (AI),
banning its use in practices such as
surveillance and facial scanning
that threaten personal rights.
At a news briefing in Brussels,
European Commission Executive Vice
President and Tech Commissioner
Margrethe Vestager noted the
benefits of AI in the medical field,
agriculture and engineering.
“I think those examples illustrate
very well what we want AI in Europe
to be: a force for progress," she
The proposed regulations address the
human and societal risks associated
with specific uses of AI, such as
mass surveillance and biometric
identification in public places.
draft EU regulations include rules
for other uses of artificial
intelligence in some risky
categories such as choosing schools,
jobs or loan applicants, while
banning it outright in cases such as
"social scoring" or systems used to
manipulate human behavior.
The proposals are the bloc's latest
move to maintain its role as the
world's standard-bearer for
technology regulation, putting it
ahead of the world's two big tech
superpowers, the U.S. and China.
EU Commissioner for Internal Market
Thierry Breton told reporters that
Europe would become the first
continent to provide guidelines over
the use of artificial intelligence.
The commission is continuing to work
out details of the proposals and how
they will be enacted with EU member
governments and the European
Parliament before coming into force.
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