Can AI and Privacy Laws Co-Exist?

10 February 2020 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

Law.com published an article that said “AI complicates the problem since it relies on data in order to learn and derive insights, something that many organizations operating within the U.S. have already taken advantage in order to streamline fundamental business practices and monitor productivity. But the data needed to drive those insights may be drying up.”  The February 7, 2020 article entitled “Are Privacy Laws and AI Advancements Ready to Co-Exist?” which included these comments from a Legalweek 2020  Panel entitled “What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Artificial Intelligence vs. Individual Privacy Rights”:

…delved into the tension between the desire to maximize AI benefits and the lingering gaps in the technology that have yet to be addressed by the law.

Most of those problems begin with data, which is both the fuel that makes AI function and a protected commodity under privacy laws such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

However, panelists alluded to the reality that many countries don’t always share the same privacy concerns, which makes for an uneven playing field when it comes to technological competition. 

What do you think?

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