UK Could Become A Leader In AI But Not At The Price Of Data Rights Or Privacy Of Individuals

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The report issued today by the House of Lords Committee, warns that the UK has what it takes to become a world leader in the development of artificial intelligence, but such new technologies should not come at the price of data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities, David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab commented below.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab:

“The use of technology brings great benefits – especially so in the case of artificial intelligence and the opportunities this presents. Consumers are clearly prepared to trade their data for the convenience of access to a free product or service.  Moreover, the proliferation of smart devices in the home and elsewhere means that more and more personal data can be casually captured and used.  However, this shouldn’t come at the expense of people’s privacy or security.

Consent is a key factor here – ensuring that people offer informed consent before their data is captured, used or passed to third parties.  It’s to be hoped that GDPR and its application by the ICO (and similar bodies in other countries) will ensure that this is done. Ethics in AI shouldn’t be an afterthought, regardless of how ‘smart’ a system is.  It’s also important to remember that the same data is valuable to cybercriminals.  So, it’s also essential that companies that hold data, of whatever kind, take the necessary steps to secure it.”



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