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5/15/2019
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9 Steps Toward Ethical AI

Few current laws address the use of artificial intelligence. That puts companies under greater pressure to reassure the public that their AI applications are ethical and fair.
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Comply with Regulations

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Image: Pixabay

At a minimum, organizations need to make sure that their AI applications comply with data privacy regulations. Most AI software, and machine learning in particular, depends on vast quantities of data for its operation, and enterprises are responsible for ensuring that their handling of that data complies with the law. In the U.S., enterprises might need to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) or other federal or state laws.

No matter where they are located, if organizations have any European customers or employees, they must also comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This sweeping legislation requires, among other things, that organizations store data for the shortest time possible and that they give individuals a way to view and delete their personal data. Most significantly in terms of AI, GDPR also says that "individuals should not be subject to a decision that is based solely on automated processing (such as algorithms) and that is legally binding or which significantly affects them."

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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