EU Commissioner argues facial recognition tech breaches EU data protection rules

During a press conference, Commission Vice-President for Digital Margrethe Vestager argued that facial recognition technology breaches EU data protection laws in several ways. The European Commission is due to publish a white paper on Artificial intelligence, and Vestager signaled that: “So what we will say in the paper in a very lawyered up language is, let’s pause and figure out if there are any [situations], and if any, under what circumstances facial recognition remotely should be authorised”. According to Euractiv, Vestager also mentioned that the Commission will not take any measure at this stage and will reflect on how to regulate the facial recognition at EU level.