In April 2021, the European Commission released its proposed Regulation Laying Down Harmonized Rules on Artificial Intelligence, which would establish rules on the development, placing on the market, and use of artificial intelligence systems across the EU. In our last newsletter, we highlighted some of the initial responses and in-depth analyses
of the regulation that many of the organisations we support have published.
During the summer, civil society, lobbyists and tech companies worked on their contributions for the European Commission AI adoption Consultation, which received 304 submissions
Most welcome that the European Commission has put forward a legal instrument aimed at regulating AI, however almost all also highlight significant shortcomings and needs for improvements. Here are a some submissions that we’d like to highlight:
✚ EDRi makes a number of suggestions
to ensure that the AI Act is in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (EU), future proof, and a role model for rights-protective future AI legislation around the world.
✚ Access Now argues
that the current proposal provides a workable framework to ensure the protection of fundamental rights, but requires significant modifications in a number of areas or it risks failing to achieve the objective of protecting fundamental rights.
✚ Liberties raises a number of issues
, including open questions about ensuring enforcement and the fact that businesses with high stakes in seeing their products make it to the market are allowed to self-regulate.
This is obviously not the end of the process. The Regulation will now be reviewed by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, both of which will likely propose amendments.