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EU considers facial recognition ban for up to 5 years

The European Commission may ban facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

Regulators are considering ways to figure out how to stop the technology - which allows images captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists - being abused.

As the BBC reports, the ban - lasting between three to five years - would mean "a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible risk management measures could be identified and developed".

The Commission has laid out the proposal in an 18-page document, which suggest new rules would be looking to increase existing regulation around privacy and data rights.

Meanwhile, it also puts forward the idea of obligations on both users and developers of artificial intelligence - and EU countries are urged to create an authority to oversee this.

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