EU Parliament Considers Amendments To AI Act

European Parliament co-rapporteurs Brando Benifei and Dragoș Tudorache have proposed a number of amendments to the Artificial Intelligence Act in hopes of reaching a workable compromise and closing negotiations in coming days, Euractiv reports. 

Issues left to be finalized include a list of high-risk AI uses, prohibited practices and key concept definitions. A category has been added to cover generative AI systems, like ChatGPT, considering AI-generated text that could be mistaken as human-made is high risk.

The AI Act’s Annex III lists critical areas with specific use cases.

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In a compromise version of Annex III circulated on Monday (6 February), the co-rapporteurs extended the notion of biometric ID and categorisation to biometric-based systems like Lensa, an app that can generate avatars based on a person’s face for use in digital ID systems.

As the co-rapporteurs want live biometric identification in publicly accessible spaces to be banned altogether, the high-risk use case has been limited to ex-post identification. For privately-accessible spaces, both live and ex-post identification have been added to the list.

Moreover, use cases include remote biometric categorisation in publicly-accessible spaces and emotion recognition systems.

Discussions over the AI act are still expected to cotinue in the coming days as further compromises are reached.

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