Will EU Law Restrict Automated Decision-Making?

A new article EU regulations on algorithmic decision-making and a “right to explanation”
talks about the potential impact that the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation will have on the routine use of machine learning algorithms. Slated to take effect as law across the EU in 2018, the law will also create a “right to explanation,” whereby a user can ask for an explanation of an algorithmic decision that was made about them.

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2 Responses to Will EU Law Restrict Automated Decision-Making?

  1. WIRED just published a new article “Artificial Intelligence is Setting Up the Internet for a Huge Clash with Europe” (http://www.wired.com/2016/07/artificial-intelligence-setting-internet-huge-clash-europe/) that among other threats describes this one:

    Ten years in the making and set to take affect in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation guards the data of EU citizens even when collected by companies based in other parts of the world. It codifies the “right to be forgotten”, which lets citizens request that certain links not appear when their name is typed into Internet search engines. And it gives EU authorities the power to fine companies an enormous 20 million euro—or four percent of their global revenue—if they infringe. But that’s not all. With a few paragraphs buried in the measure’s reams of bureaucrat-speak, the GDPR also restricts what the EU calls “automated individual decision-making.” And for the world’s biggest tech companies, that’s a potential problem.

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