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The European Parliament has adopted the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, aiming to safeguard fundamental rights, democracy, the rule of law, and ecological sustainability in fields related to AI, while simultaneously fostering innovation and establishing Europe as a leader in this domain.

Under the Act, certain AI applications deemed by legislators to jeopardize citizens’ rights are banned, including systems that categorize individuals based on biometric data.

Police and security services will be allowed to use real-time biometric identification systems (RBIs) only in narrowly defined exceptional cases, such as searching for a missing person or preventing a terrorist attack.

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AI-based applications capable of emotion recognition will be prohibited in workplaces and schools.

General purpose artificial intelligence systems (GPAIs) and the GPAI models on which they are based must meet specific transparency requirements, including compliance with EU copyright laws and publishing detailed summaries of the content used for training.

New regulations mandate that audio and video content created with artificial intelligence (“deepfakes”) must be clearly labelled.

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“We finally have the world’s first binding law on artificial intelligence to reduce risks, create new opportunities, bring transparency, and combat discrimination,” stated Brando Benifei, co-rapporteur of the EU Internal Market Committee.

Citizens will have the right to lodge complaints about AI systems and receive explanations about decisions made by high-risk AI systems that affect their rights

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