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April 10, 2018

Critics Warn GDPR Will Slow AI Deployments

George Leopold

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Pending European data privacy rules that also address “automated decision-making” are increasingly seen as having a broad impact on enterprise deployment of AI applications, prompting a U.S.-based group to predict the rules will stymie development within the European Union.

The Center for Data Innovation warned that provisions targeting AI technology within the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would do little to protect consumers while at the same time slowing AI development across the continent. “By both indirectly limiting how the personal data of Europeans gets used and raising the legal risks for companies active in AI, the GDPR will negatively impact the development and use of AI by European companies,” the Washington-based group warned in a report.

Among the concerns over EU data rules that enter into force on May 25 are recently adopted AI guidelines establishing the right of a “data subject” to “not be subjected to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling….”

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