New wake-up call from the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) regarding facial recognition. If several weeks ago it forced Mercadona to pay a fine of 2.5 million euros for the improper use of this technology as a test in some of its establishments, the agency is now looking at the application of these artificial intelligence systems in the field of teaching. The AEPD issued on July 27 a warning resolution to the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) in which it concludes that the need to process personal data by these means is “not justified” and urges the center to “adopt the measures corrective measures aimed at preventing the planned treatment from leading to a possible breach of data protection legislation ”.
The AEPD resolution refers to a pilot test carried out by UNIR in September 2020 with a computer program that includes reading and collecting biometric data from students. The exam was done at the Higher School of Engineering and Technology and, according to a spokesperson for the center, detailed to EL PAÍS, with the total collusion of the students.