Italy’s [qualified] facial recognition tech ban – a precursor to EU plans?

A ruling by Italy’s Data Protection Agency (DPA) that prohibits use of facial recognition technology (FRT) is receiving mixed reviews from privacy advocates, including concern it may set a broader EU precedent. This is due to a caveat in the ruling that FRT can still be used for crime fighting and judicial investigations. The rule is a stop gap measure pending new privacy legislation from Italy’s DPA and at a time when the EU is evolving its comprehensive AI Act, which is intended to be the first comprehensive legal framework for artificial intelligence.