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Microsoft and AI-Regulation Chair

Regulating the Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Europe: State of the Art and the Way Forward

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On the occasion of the Data Science & Law Forum organised by Microsoft, Prof. Theodore Christakis, Chair on the AI-Regualtion at MIAI Grenoble Alpes, will co-organise a by invitation only workshop entitled: “Regulating the Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Europe: State of the Art and the Way Forward”.

Taking place only a week after the date European Commission will unveil the proposal for a regulatory framework on high-risk applications of AI, this workshop aims to create an open and productive exchange of views around facial recognition technology (FRT), a topic that has been greatly debated over the last year.

The workshop will gather policymakers, citizen advocates, industry representatives, law enforcement officials, legal scholars and technologists for in-depth engagement about different policy angles of the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. The topics that will be discussed include the following:

  • What could be our first assessment of the Commission’s proposals on FRT regulation?
  • Is it possible to elaborate a risk assessment framework in relation with the use of FRT? Does the assessment of risk change significantly depending on the different use cases of FRT (authentication, identification and tracking)?
  • What do the positions of Data Protection Authorities and the decisions of Courts in Europe on the use of FRT tells us about the current state of art in regulation?
  • How could the covid-19 crisis affect the debate about regulation of FRT in Europe?
  • What exactly is included and what might be excluded from the call by civil society to “ban biometric mass surveillance”?
  • What about the argument that “facial recognition can make us safer” and could be deployed with safeguards and “red lines”? 

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2021-04-26 01:00 PM to
2021-04-26 03:00 PM

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