Original broadcast date: Nov. 24, 2020
The EU General Data Protection Regulation sets out an ambitious unified privacy approach for the European Union, but regulatory practice shows facial recognition technologies are treated differently within countries. While a U.K. court found it permissible for the South Wales Police to use facial data to identify individuals at a large football match, Sweden's data protection authority, Datainspektionen, issued a fine of roughly 16,500 GBP to a school board that used cameras in a classroom with the aim of automating the registration process. Examples such as these raise concerns, ranging from privacy to equal treatment. The main issues include lack of transparency and the questionable reliability of algorithms, which could lead to a lack of concise information, biased results and discrimination. Although different jurisdictions may take different tacks, the nature of this technology is global; therefore, national lawmakers and regulators must establish a borderless approach. Hear this roundtable discuss what kind of legal framework may ensure the technology is used in a way that adequately balances concerns with the social and cultural differences among the continents.