Tribune . Privacy issues rarely escape the attention of the media; they have become a fundamental concern worldwide, and particularly in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Recently, the European Commission unequivocally joined the debate on facial recognition and looked into the possibility of developing new rules that would extend consumer rights to facial recognition technologies.
This initiative is part of an upheaval in the ethical and responsible use of artificial intelligence that, in today's digital society, is becoming more and more ubiquitous. An official from the European Commission said the aim would be to limit "the indiscriminate use of facial recognition" by both private companies and public authorities.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also "We must set limits to the digital giants to protect the activities undertaken by the States"
All exceptions would be tightly controlled to ensure that citizens' rights to privacy are strengthened and respected. Facial recognition and artificial intelligence appear to be on the verge of becoming key battlegrounds for privacy, following the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which came into effect in 2018.
The role of Europe
In an ambitious statement, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von Leyen, announced that she will unveil, during her first 100 days as President, a draft regulation that will provide a "coordinated European approach to the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence " . The IA is clearly one of its priorities, as mentioned in its "Agenda for Europe", which documents and articulates the political orientations of its presidency.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Emmanuel Schalit: "Europe has become the de facto world defender of rights on the Internet"
According to her, "data and AI are the ingredients of innovation that can help us find solutions to societal challenges, be they health, agriculture, security or industry . " I would like to think that artificial intelligence could also provide innovative solutions to climate change - another urgent priority for our planet and for future generations.