EU AI Act Authorised by European Parliament   – Your Entrance Web page For Data Governance Information


On Wednesday 13th March 2024, the European Parliament authorized the textual content of the harmonised guidelines on synthetic intelligence, the so-called  “Synthetic Intelligence Act” (AI Act). Agreed upon in negotiations with member states in December 2023, the Act was endorsed by MEPs with 523 votes in favour, 46 in opposition to and 49 abstentions. It goals to “defend basic rights, democracy, the rule of regulation and environmental sustainability from high-risk AI, whereas boosting innovation and establishing Europe as a frontrunner within the area.” Regardless of Brexit, UK companies and entities engaged in AI-related actions will nonetheless be affected by the Act in the event that they intend to function inside the EU market. The Act could have an additional territorial attain identical to the EU GDPR 

The principle provisions of Act may be learn right here. In abstract, the Act units out complete guidelines for AI purposes, together with a risk-based system to handle potential threats to well being and security, and human rights. The Act will ban some AI purposes which pose an “unacceptable threat”, similar to real-time and distant biometric identification programs like facial recognition, and impose strict obligations on others thought-about as “excessive threat”, similar to AI in EU-regulated product security classes similar to vehicles and medical units. These obligations embody adherence to knowledge governance requirements, transparency guidelines, and the incorporation of human oversight mechanisms.  

Subsequent steps 

The Act remains to be topic to a remaining lawyer-linguist examine and is anticipated to be lastly adopted earlier than the tip of the legislature (by means of the so-called corrigendum process). It additionally must be formally endorsed by the Council of Europe. 

The Act will enter into pressure twenty days after its publication within the official Journal, and be absolutely relevant 24 months after its entry into pressure, aside from: bans on prohibited practises, which is able to apply six months after the entry into pressure date; codes of practise (9 months after entry into pressure); general-purpose AI guidelines together with governance (12 months after entry into pressure); and obligations for high-risk programs (36 months after entry into pressure). 

Affect on UK AI Regulation 

The EU’s regulatory strategy will influence the UK Authorities’s choices on AI governance. An AI White Paper was revealed in March final 12 months entitled  
“A professional-innovation strategy to AI regulation”. The paper units out the UK’s choice to not place AI regulation on a statutory footing however to utilize “regulators’ domain-specific experience to tailor the implementation of the rules to the precise context by which AI is used.” In January 2024, the ICO launched  a session collection on Generative AI, inspecting how elements of information safety regulation ought to apply to the event and use of the expertise. It’s anticipated to problem extra AI steerage later in 2024. 

By attending our new AI Act workshop, you’ll perceive the brand new regulation intimately and its interplay with the UK’s goals and technique for AI regulation.  


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