European Parliament approved first Artificial Intelligence Act

The European Union has taken a historic step by approving the first law regulating artificial intelligence. This regulation aims to ensure the safety and rights of citizens in the digital environment.
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Key points:

  • Certain AI applications will be banned, such as biometric categorization systems based on sensitive characteristics and the mass capture of facial images from the internet or surveillance camera recordings to create facial recognition databases. Additionally, AI that manipulates human behaviour or exploits people’s vulnerabilities will also be prohibited.
  • Strict restrictions are imposed on the use of real-time biometric identification systems by security forces, allowing their use only in very specific situations and with prior authorization.
  • AI systems must comply with certain transparency requirements and respect EU legislation on copyright.
  • It will be mandatory to inform citizens when images, videos, and other resources created with artificial intelligence are being used.

Although this regulation is still subject to a final review, it is expected to come into force next month. In this way, the European Union aims to ensure the responsible, safe, and reliable development and use of artificial intelligence.


The Act assigns applications of AI to three risk categories. First, applications and systems that create an unacceptable risk, such as government-run social scoring are banned. Second, high-risk applications, such as a CV-scanning tool that ranks job applicants, are subject to specific legal requirements. Lastly, applications not explicitly banned or listed as high-risk are largely left unregulated.

Source: https://artificialintelligenceact.eu/