May 13, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI)

The EU AI Act: How to (truly) protect people on the move

The European Union Artificial Intelligence Act (EU AI Act) aims to promote the uptake of trustworthy AI and, at the same time, protect the rights of all people affected by AI systems. While EU policymakers are busy amending the text, one important question springs to mind: whose rights are we talking about?  

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September 14, 2022 · Blogs | Campaigns | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics | Surveillance and data retention

European Parliament calls loud and clear for a ban on biometric mass surveillance in AI Act

After our timely advocacy actions with over 70 organisations, the amendments to the IMCO - LIBE Committee Report for the Artificial Intelligence Act clearly state the need for a ban on Remote Biometric Identification. In fact, 24 individual MEPs representing 158 MEPs, demand a complete ban on biometric mass surveillance practices. Now we need to keep up the pressure at European and national levels to ensure that when the AI Act is officially passed, likely in 2023 or 2024, it bans biometric mass surveillance.

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March 9, 2022 · Blogs | Highlights | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

The EU AI Act and fundamental rights: Updates on the political process

The negotiations of the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) are finally taking shape. With lead negotiators named, the publication of Council compromises, and the formation of civil society coalitions on the AIA, 2022 will be an important year for the regulation of AI systems.

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May 4, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

Civil society reacts to European Parliament AI Act draft Report

This joint statement evaluates how far the IMCO-LIBE draft Report on the EU’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, released 20th April 2022, addresses civil society's recommendations. We call on Members of the European Parliament to support amendments that centre people affected by AI systems, prevent harm in the use of AI systems, and offer comprehensive protection for fundamental rights in the AI Act.

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April 20, 2022 · Blogs | Campaigns | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

How can you influence the AI Act in order to ban biometric mass surveillance across Europe?

The EU is currently negotiating the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act. This future law offers the chance to effectively ban biometric mass surveillance. This article aims to offer an overview of how the EU negotiates its laws and the key AI Act moments in which people can make their voices heard.

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May 9, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics | Surveillance and data retention

Regulating Migration Tech: How the EU’s AI Act can better protect people on the move

As the European Union amends the Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) exploring the impact of AI systems on marginalised communities is vital. AI systems are increasingly developed, tested and deployed to judge and control migrants and people on the move in harmful ways. How can the AI Act prevent this?

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May 10, 2022 · Blogs | Open letters | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

Will the European Parliament stand up for our rights by prohibiting biometric mass surveillance in the AI Act?

On 10 May, EDRi and 52 organisations wrote to the Members of the European Parliament to ask them to ban the remote use of these technologies in publicly accessible spaces to protect all the places where we exercise our rights and come together as communities from becoming sites of mass surveillance where we are all treated as suspects.

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May 25, 2022 · Blogs | Highlights | Press mentions | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics | Data protection standards | Profiling practices

The AI Act: EU’s chance to regulate harmful border technologies

The AI Act will be the first regional mechanism of its kind in the world, but it needs a serious update to meaningfully address the profileration of harmful technologies tested and deployed at Europe’s borders.

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April 21, 2022 · Blogs | Highlights | Press releases | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

The European Parliament must go further to empower people in the AI act

Today, 21 April, POLITICO Europe published a leak of the much-anticipated draft report on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act proposal. The draft report has taken important steps towards a more people-focused approach, but it has failed to introduce crucial red lines and safeguards on the uses of AI, including ‘place-based’ predictive policing systems, remote biometric identification, emotion recognition, discriminatory or manipulative biometric categorisation, and uses of AI undermining the right to asylum.

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November 30, 2021 · Blogs | Highlights | Open letters | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics

Civil society calls on the EU to put fundamental rights first in the AI Act

Today, 30 November 2021, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 119 civil society organisations launched a collective statement to call for an Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) which foregrounds fundamental rights. 

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March 23, 2022 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Surveillance and data retention

EU AI Act needs clear safeguards for AI systems for military and national security purposes

EDRi affiliate ECNL presents the second set of their proposals on exemptions and exclusions of AI used for military and national security purposes from the AIA, also endorsed by European Digital Rights (EDRi), Access Now, AlgorithmWatch, ARTICLE 19, Electronic Frontier Finland (EFFI), Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Panoptykon Foundation. 

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June 1, 2021 · Blogs | Information democracy | Artificial intelligence (AI) | Biometrics | Surveillance and data retention

From ‘trustworthy AI’ to curtailing harmful uses: EDRi’s impact on the proposed EU AI Act

Civil society has been the underdog in the European Union's (EU) negotiations on the artificial intelligence (AI) regulation. The goal of the regulation has been to create the conditions for AI to be developed and deployed across Europe, so any shift towards prioritising people’s safety, dignity and rights feels like a great achievement. Whilst a lot needs to happen to make this shift a reality in the final text, EDRi takes stock of it’s impact on the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). EDRi and partners mobilised beyond organisations traditionally following digital initiatives managing to establish that some uses of AI are simply unacceptable. 

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