Call on the European Parliament to uphold fundamental rights in AI and criminal law report

EDRi and 41 human rights organisations call on the European Parliament to uphold fundamental rights in AI and criminal law report

Artificial intelligence (AI) is, perhaps, the most important breakthrough technology of this century. Its applications are not only changing our daily life or the way we work or interact in society, but also our perception of the world. Some applications of AI are an acute threat to fundamental rights, as they allow, for example, for predictive policing and mass surveillance, which can easily enforce antigypsyism and other forms of racism in policing.

ERGO Network has therefore signed an open letter of European Digital Rights (EDRi), calling on Members of the European Parliament to uphold the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in the LIBE Committee report on Artificial intelligence in criminal law and its use by the police and judicial authorities in criminal matters, which was voted on at the EP Plenary session on 5th October.

In ERDI’s open letter, we urged MEPs to support the LIBE Committee’s original report, which we strongly believe took the most balanced and proportional stance on artificial intelligence (AI) in law enforcement from a fundamental rights perspective. AI in the field of law enforcement offers particular challenges for fundamental rights, in particular rights to liberty, security, privacy, a fair trial and non-discrimination, and as such, require particular fundamental rights scrutiny and democratic oversight.

The pressure of civil society worked: the amendments that would have put fundamental rights at risk were not accepted.

The open letter can be found here.