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COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, welcomes the statement recently released by the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), calling the EU and its Member States to be vigilant on the “necessity and proportionality of any policy and technological intervention that – taken in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic – suspends, even temporarily, fundamental rights”.

Pope Francis today denounced targeted commercial and political advertising on the internet in a message to participants in a Pontifical Academy for Life workshop on “The ‘Good’ Algorithm? Artificial Intelligence: Ethics, Law, Health”, read on his behalf – owing to his second day of sickness with a cold – by the President of the Academy, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.