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Parliamentary questions
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18 November 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-005186/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ivo Hristov (S&D)
 Subject: EU’s legal perspective on biometrics

On 15 October, the European Parliament’s Scientific Research Panel (STOA) presented the results of a study on the use of biometrics in the era of artificial intelligence. The conclusions of that study indicate that the EU's current legal perspective on biometrics, which centres on the use of biometric data for identification purposes, fails to address a number of challenges which, while not directly relating to the identification of individuals, could seriously impact on fundamental rights and freedoms.

The study stresses that the legislative framework on artificial intelligence proposed by the Commission does not provide for optimal measures to address the risks inherent in the retrospective facial recognition of individuals whose images have been captured in public places. When it comes to the violation of citizens’ fundamental rights, the biometric identification of individuals using retrospective data is just as risky as real time facial recognition.

1. What justification does the Commission have for distinguishing between the two?

2. Does it not consider that the biometric identification of individuals using retrospective data should be subject to the same legal constraints as real time facial recognition?

Original language of question: BG
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