Imagine a modern-day meeting room in a bustling corporate office, where executives and employees alike converse in hushed tones, no notes or minutes are taken, and their words disappear almost as quickly as they are spoken. Picture the scene: a CEO dispatches a critical strategy to her team, a manager

Continue Reading Gone in a flash: unravelling the mystery of ephemeral messaging

After years of intense negotiation, EU stakeholders have finally reached political agreement on the long-awaited EU Artificial Intelligence Act (“EU AI Act“), which was first published by the European Commission (“EC“) on 21 April 2021. Following the final trilogues, the Council of the EU released the

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On 29 March 2023, the UK Government (“Government”) published its long-awaited white paper (“Paper”), setting out the Government’s proposals to govern and regulate artificial Intelligence (“AI”). Headed “A Pro-Innovation Approach”, the Paper recognises the importance of building a framework that builds trust

Continue Reading One small step for machine: UK Information Commissioner publishes response to new AI White Paper

The TV turns on, without prompt, and switches to the news. The company you are working for has decided to implement a new AI system, rendering your role and the roles of many of your colleagues redundant. You ask your virtual assistant to bring up your social media and attempt

Continue Reading Beyond Binary: Revisiting the Interplay of Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

Synthetic data is a subject (at least for the uninitiated) encircled in a layer of scepticism and uncertainty. While synthetic data has existed for some time, the manner in which it is being utilised has evolved substantially. As with all novel implementations of technology, there are always teething problems and

Continue Reading In defence of synthetic data: how synthetic data can be used as a privacy-enhancing technique during the early stages of an AI system’s lifecycle 

Data is often the fuel that powers AI used by organisations. It tailors search parameters, spots behavioural trends, and predicts future possible outcomes (to highlight a just a few uses). In response, many of these organisations seek to accumulate and use as much data as possible, in order to make

Continue Reading Keeping an ‘AI’ on your data: UK data regulator recommends lawful methods of using personal information and artificial intelligence

In its proposed AI Regulation (“AI Act”), the EU recognises AI as one of the most important technologies of the 21st century. It is often forgotten, however, that AI is not one specific type of technology. Instead, it is an umbrella term for a range of technologies

Continue Reading Data protection regulators publish myth-busting guidance on machine learning

As the tech world continues to discuss the future of AI regulation, it is important to remember that there are already robust legal regimes that impact the development and launch of AI systems, including the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). AI systems which fall within the GDPR’s

Continue Reading Data Protection Impact Assessments meet AI: Smart questions for building compliant AI systems that use personal data

The proposed EU AI Regulation, a comprehensive regime for the purposes of regulating AI in the EU, is set to impact organizations around the world. It is expected that the proposed regulation will be enacted in 2024 or 2025.  Once that happens, those that make AI available within the EU,
Continue Reading Coming EU legislation will change the AI regulatory environment for healthcare technology and life sciences companies

The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) has published Guidelines 5/2022 on privacy issues in the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies.

Below are the most relevant points set out in the EDPB’s.

Facial recognition technology

Facial recognition represents one of the most innovative and revolutionary technological inventions
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