Concerns are many about the potential drifts related to artificial intelligence technologies. Bias in the processing of requests, poor security of biometric data, use of data without consent … The topics are not lacking. To better regulate this sector, the European Commission would be working on a new regulation.

The European Union is already a world pioneer in data protection. It could soon consolidate this status with a new regulation on artificial intelligence. According to the Financial Times, in an article of August 22, 2019, the European Commission is currently working on a bill that would extend the rights of European citizens on their data related to the field of AI.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) already covers biometric data extensively, but this new project would go further and represent “a new global standard for the regulation of artificial intelligence,” according to the FT. In particular, it imposes a right of scrutiny on each use of facial recognition data, which would apply to both governments (law enforcement) and private companies.

Note that the countries of the Union are generally better protected in this area than the United States or other countries around the world, although this is not always enough. Still according to the FT, Ursula von der Leyen, who will head the European Commission on 1 November 2019, plans to introduce a bill on “the ethical and human implications of artificial intelligence” in the first 100 years. days of its inauguration.

This would represent a considerable legal and political advance, even though AI specialists have not expected to worry about potential drifts in their technologies. For example, researchers at the US technology giants have encouraged them to meet in 2016 as part of the “Partnership for AI”, an organization that monitors technological progress and warns about derivative risks. However, we know that it is generally not desirable to let megacorporations self-regulate …

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