Sundar Pichai, the director of both Google and its parent company Alphabet, advocates a temporary ban on the use of face recognition technology. To prevent abuse, he believes governments and lawmakers should come up with frameworks "today rather than tomorrow," he said Monday at a conference in Brussels.
According to Reuters news agency , the European Commission is considering a temporary ban of three to five years on the use of technology in public spaces. Brussels would like to use that period to investigate potential abuse risks and to develop regulations.
Pichai calls on legislators to be careful and to take into account different applications for using the technology. "Potential risks must be balanced against social opportunities," he said. According to him, the rules must be considered for different business sectors, such as for medical devices and self-driving cars.
He thereby also serves the interests of Alphabet. In addition to Google, for example, DeepMind, Verily and Waymo also fall under the Alphabet umbrella. The companies use image recognition and artificial intelligence for healthcare and the development of technology for self-driving cars.
The European Commission is expected to present its proposals for regulating the use of facial recognition technology within a few days.