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June-August 2022

EU lawmakers propose limited ban on predictive policing systems

Two MEPs jointly in charge of overseeing and amending the European Union’s forthcoming Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) have said that the use of AI-powered predictive policing tools to make “individualised risk assessments” should be prohibited on the basis that it “violates human dignity and the presumption of innocence”. Ioan-Dragoş Tudorache, co-rapporteur on behalf of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee, and Brando Benifei, co-rapporteur on behalf of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee, confirmed their support for a partial ban on predictive policing AI systems in a draft report. “Predictive policing violates human dignity and the presumption of innocence, and it holds a particular risk of discrimination. It is therefore inserted among the prohibited practices,” said the 161-page report. As it currently stands, the AIA lists four practices that are considered “an unacceptable risk” and are therefore prohibited, including: systems that distort human behaviour; systems that...

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