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Parliamentary questions
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21 August 2020
Question for written answer E-004590/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Moritz Körner (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Potential for abuse by PimEyes

Research by Netzpolitik.org highlights the potential for abuse by PimEyes, a free search engine for 900 million faces. This is reminiscent of the controversy surrounding the US start-up Clearview AI, the difference being that PimEyes makes its biometric search available publicly and not just to official bodies.

1. Are investigative or intelligence agencies in the EU using PimEyes? Are they aware of it?

2. Should the misuse of facial recognition technology in the EU, which is available to everyone and appears to have taken place in spite of the GDPR, be regarded – even more than the case involving the US start-up Clearview AI – as the dam having been breached, so that a moratorium on such technology should be introduced until the risks are identified and can be controlled, where appropriate by means of more regulation?

3. Will the Commission issue a general warning about the private and commercial use of such services and their availability to the public?

Original language of question: DE
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