Council of Europe publishes recommendations for regulation of AI to protect human rights

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31 May 2019

Unboxing Artificial Intelligence: 10 steps to protect Human Rights

Author: Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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29 May 2019

Council of Europe publish recommendations for the regulation of AI to protect human rights

Author: Reed Smith LLP on Lexology

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has recently published recommendations for improving compliance with human rights regulations by parties developing, deploying or implementing artificial intelligence (AI)...

The Commissioner has focussed on 10 key areas of action:

1. Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) – Member States should establish a legal framework for carrying out HRIAs... HRIAs should review AI systems in order to discover, measure and/or map human rights impacts and risks. 

3. Human rights standards in the private sector Member States should clearly set out the expectation that all AI actors should “know and show” their compliance with human rights principles. This includes participating in transparent human rights due diligence processes that may identify the human rights risks of their AI systems...

5. Independent oversight – Member States should establish a legislative framework for independent and effective oversight over the human rights compliance of AI systems...

6. Non-discrimination and equality – AI systems should be subject to the highest level of scrutiny in the context of avoiding discrimination, in particular for groups that have a higher risk of their rights being disproportionately impacted by AI...

7. Data protection and privacy ...

8. Freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, and the right to work ...

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