Facial recognition should be banned from Europe’s public spaces, the EU’s independent data protection authority has said, just days after the bloc’s executive branch proposed a new bill allowing the partial use of the technology.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said on Friday it welcomes the new legislation governing artificial intelligence, but said a ban on the use of remote biometric identification in public is “necessary.”

“A stricter approach is necessary given that remote biometric identification, where AI (artificial intelligence) may contribute to unprecedented developments, presents extremely high risks of deep and non-democratic intrusion into individuals’ private lives,” it said in a statement.

“The EDPS will focus in particular on setting precise boundaries for those tools and systems which may present risks for the fundamental rights to data protection and privacy.” (RT)