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Fidesz MEPs welcome EP position on regulation of AI transparency

The European Parliament's negotiating position on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, which the body adopted on Wednesday, is an "important milestone" towards legislation handling "risks and citizens' fears" without stumping innovation, an MEP of ruling Fidesz told the plenary.

The negotiating position, a first step towards legislation on the matter, was adopted with 499 votes in favour, 28 against and 93 abstentions.

Balazs Hidveghi said the law should focus on consumer protection.

MEP Edina Toth said “we support innovation but we must also consider the dangers of implementation, and set up a legal framework so that AI can work as a safe tool for citizens and companies.

The position emphasised that AI development in Europe should be in line with European fundamental rights and values.

EU legislation is planned to establish obligations according to the level of risk of any particular application of AI. It would fully ban biometric identification, biometric catergorisation of sensitive personal data, predictive policing systems, and untargeted scraping of facial images from the internet or CCTV footage to create facial recognition databases, among others, the European Parliament said.

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