UN Commissioner calls for an end to biometric identification for artificial intelligence


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for an end to the use of biometric identification in public spaces. Governments must first be able to establish whether they are complying with privacy laws and whether there is discrimination.

Michelle Bachelet makes this statement In a report to the United Nations Discuss the effects of artificial intelligence on human rights. In it, the United Nations said obscure data collection is a pervasive phenomenon and AI can now be found in all aspects of society.

“Artificial intelligence is used to study patterns of human behavior. If you have access to the right datasets, it is possible, for example, to know how many people visit a particular place of worship, what TV shows they like, or what the rhythms of day and night are like. and their political affiliation can be inferred. “” Artificial intelligence can have a significant impact on the lives of individuals and is used to predict future behavior or events. “Many of these expectations violate the right to privacy, according to the United Nations.

According to the United Nations, the right to privacy is increasingly threatened by the use of biometric identification of individuals in public spaces. It appears that “biometric recognition ensures that governments are able to identify and track individuals in the public space. This compromises the possibility of living unnoticed.

The United Nations also condemns the loopholes in artificial intelligence and the lack of transparency about the technology in the report. “Despite the seemingly small margin of error, the scale at which AI is deployed can have many negative consequences. In addition, the complexity of the technology and the covert attitude of governments and private companies ensure that citizens do not understand the implications of human rights intelligence. and society as a whole.

However, according to the commissioner, technology can do a lot of good, but this requires a systematic assessment of the effects of artificial intelligence on human rights and whether or not this technology is in danger.

Update11:20 pm: The term “endowment” has been replaced by “stop” in the title and the introduction.


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