European Parliament approves Artificial Intelligence Act in a world first

During its Strasbourg plenary session on Wednesday (14 June), the European Parliament has approved the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, a piece of pioneering legislation aimed at ensuring compliance of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with EU laws and values.

The regulation seeks to address issues related to digital discrimination, disinformation, and the misuse of so-called "deep fakes". The vote, with 499 in favour, 28 against, and 93 abstentions, paves the way for further negotiations with member countries and the EU Commission, with trilogue discussions scheduled to commence imminently.

One aspect of the AI Act is the European Parliament's endorsement of a complete ban on real-time AI biometric recognition technologies in public spaces. Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, expressed her satisfaction with the outcome, asserting that the EU had achieved a well-balanced approach that prioritises the interests of individuals. She said that the legislation would set a global standard for years to come, adding that they had "made history".

The approval of the AI Act marks the first time that a law regulating AI has been passed by any major regulator, addressing potential risks and ensuring the protection of citizens' rights. According to the EU, they aim to create a framework that safeguards fundamental values and guarantees the responsible development and deployment of AI systems within its jurisdiction.

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: European Parliamentary Research Service

 

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