WEDNESDAY, 26 FEB 2020

 

CONNECT

Facebook Linked In Twitter
GAP_Group_2019_728x90px
Invest Cyprus 30/04-30/03/2019
IMH LTD

Savvas Perdios: Cyprus Tourism Strategy Already Underway

Natasa Pilides: Limited Risks To Cypriot Shipping From Brexit

IMH LTD
GAP_Group_2019_468x60px

INTERNATIONAL

brought to you by CIPA

Facial Recognition: EU Considers Ban Of Up To Five Years

Facial Recognition: EU Considers Ban Of Up To Five Years

The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years, the BBC reported.

Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often compiled by police.

Exceptions to the ban could be made for security projects as well as research and development. The Commission set out its plans in an 18-page document, suggesting that new rules will be introduced to bolster existing regulation surrounding privacy and data rights.

It proposed imposing obligations on both developers and users of artificial intelligence, and urged EU countries to create an authority to monitor the new rules. During the ban, which would last between three and five years, "a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed".

The proposals come amid a calls from politicians and campaigners in the UK to stop the police using live facial recognition for public surveillance. Most recently the Kings Cross estate found itself at the centre of controversy, when it was revealed its owners were using facial recognition technology without telling the public.

Campaigners claim the current technology is inaccurate, intrusive and infringes on an individual's right to privacy. A recent study suggested facial recognition algorithms are far less accurate at identifying black and Asian faces compared with white faces.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has begun rolling out facial recognition in pharmacies in Shanghai for people buying certain drugs. Individuals buying controlled medicines, such as those containing psychotropic substances, will be asked to verify their identity by scanning their face. It marks the latest in a series of moves from the Chinese state to prevent potential abusers from getting hold of certain medicines that can be used to produce illegal drugs. The country is a big supporter of facial recognition, and while the West remains cautious, China continues to embrace the technology.

MORE ON INTERNATIONAL

Virgin Galactic Sees Demand For Space Travel Surge

Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space amid surging ...

Disney Boss Bob Iger Surprisingly Steps Down As Chief Executive

Disney boss Bob Iger, who led the media company through several blockbuster acquisitions ...

Revolut Raises $500 Million In Series D Funding As It Sets Sight On Profitability And Daily Adoption In 2020

Revolut, the global financial platform with over 10 million customers worldwide, has ...

FROM AROUND GOLDNEWS

   

Quantum Computing: A Glimpse Of Tomorrow’s Technology

Quantum computing is one of the most promising research topics of the new decade. It’s based on the principles of quantum physics thus many computations ...
   

Bioland Promithia Gala Dinner

Bioland Promithia Ltd, a Member of the Bioland Group of Companies organises a Gala Dinner on Friday March 20, 2020, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm, at Ktima Kousioumi in ...
   

European Commission Receives Mandate To Begin Negotiations With The UK

The European Commission announced in their press release that it welcomes the Council's decision to authorise the opening of the future partnership ...
   

The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall To Jointly Visit The Republic Of Cyprus

At the request of the British Government, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will undertake an official visit to the Republic of Cyprus from ...
   

Cyprus Speaker Receives New Greek Ambassador

Cyprus` House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris received on Tuesday Greece`s new Ambassador in Nicosia Theocharis Lalacos.   Syllouris ...
   

Virgin Galactic Sees Demand For Space Travel Surge

Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space amid surging demand, the BBC reported. Sir Richard Branson's firm, which ...
   

Disney Boss Bob Iger Surprisingly Steps Down As Chief Executive

Disney boss Bob Iger, who led the media company through several blockbuster acquisitions and the launch of a streaming network, is stepping down as chief ...
   

Company Profile: KPMG

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. They operate in 147 countries and territories and have ...
 

YOUR COMMENTS

HEADLINES

MOST POPULAR

LSE_Alumni_Event_05/02-28/02_300x250px
Gold_Issue_300x250px

IMH LTD