As the European Union looks to ban all facial recognition technology from specific buildings including stadiums, stations, and shops, a conflict arose within the bloc’s parliament amid accusations that they planned to introduce it themselves.
The European Parliament (EP) has said that it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology following an outcry in response to a leaked security memo discussing its use.
A spokesperson for the EP called the document a discussion regarding an “exploratory project” which had been misplaced on the EP intranet.
“One exploratory project of the EP administration is to study and understand the potentials and threats of AI applied to parliamentary and administrative activities of the institution”, the spokesperson said.
“This old draft mentioned facial recognition as a possible field of study, nothing more”, they added.
“Data protection is and remains a clear priority of the European parliament and its administration.”
“There is no project of facial recognition in the European parliament”, the spokesperson asserted.
The statement from the EP comes after Sophie in‘t Veld, a Dutch Liberal MEP of the European parliament’s civil liberties committee, issued a letter to Klaus Welle, the Secretary General of the parliament, questioning how members and their assistants would benefit from “biometric-based security and services”, using wording from the EP’s own document.
She also demanded…