The European Commission’s proposed law does allow for the use of facial recognition in the case of “serious crimes”, mainly associated with terrorism. But Chavarriaga and other experts say it marks a significant breakthrough in privacy legislation and is destined to become a standard in the high-tech sector.
For that reason, Chavarriaga believes the costs for Switzerland of a delayed or nonexistent alignment with European law would be very high. The AI expert fears not only for the competitiveness of Swiss technology products on the global market but also for human rights.
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