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ICO launches AI risk toolkit

21/07/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a beta version of an AI and Data Protection Risk Toolkit.

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It said the toolkit should help organisations using artificial intelligence to process personal data ensure they are doing in line with the law.

Alister Person, the ICO’s senior policy officer for technology, said it draws upon the organisation’s Guidance on AI and Data Protection and the Explaining Decisions Made With AI guide it developed with the Alan Turing Institute.

The toolkit contains risk statements to help understand the risks to individuals’ information rights, and provides suggestions on best practice that can be used to manage or mitigate the risks and demonstrate compliance with data protection law.

It also reflects the auditing framework developed by the ICO internal assurance and investigation teams.

High assurance

“If your organisation is using AI to process personal data, then by following this toolkit, you can have high assurance that you are complying with data protection legislation,” Person said.

He added that the ICO is planning to further develop the toolkit, testing it on live examples of AI systems that process personal data, and plans to release a final version in December.

Any organisations wanting to contribute feedback can contact [email protected]

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