UK’s Information Commissioner, John Edwards, stated that companies must secure their customers’ personal information in every situation when adopting AI.
The United Kingdom’s data protection authority has cautioned businesses to consider people’s privacy rights anytime they employ artificial intelligence (AI) or risk losing the public’s trust in the technology.
In a speech on Wednesday, the country’s Information Commissioner, John Edwards, stated that companies must secure their customers’ personal information in all scenarios when adopting artificial intelligence. “You cannot expect to utilize AI in your products or services without considering privacy, data protection, and how you will safeguard people’s rights,” Edwards stated.
“Our message to those organizations is clear: non-compliance with data protection will not be profitable,” he added, adding that sanctions would be paid in proportion to any ill-gotten benefits obtained from regulation violations.
Since Microsoft-backed OpenAI released ChatGPT to the public last year, officials throughout the world have prioritized the risks associated with fast-growing artificial intelligence.
While there was general agreement on the need to govern artificial intelligence at the world’s first artificial intelligence safety meeting in November, a global framework for supervising the technology is still a long way off.
Edwards cautioned companies adopting artificial intelligence to be cautious in their use of the technology or risk alienating the public.
“If people don’t trust AI, then they’re less likely to use it, resulting in reduced benefits and less growth or innovation in society as a whole,” he added.
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