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Artificial Intelligence – explaining decisions made through AI

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has worked in collaboration with The Alan Turing Institute (The Turing) to produce guidance explaining the processes, services and decisions made through artificial intelligence and how this may impact the individual.

Last week, the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution to protect data amidst concerns about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the impact it may have on safeguarding data and human rights. Whilst the resolution is non-binding, it was agreed upon by all 193 member states.

Recognising that organisations are starting to build AI into business practices, the ICO has released new guidance, in conjuction with The Alan Turing Institute, to help organisations understand best practice when it comes to incorporating artificial intelligence into making decisions about individuals.

The ICO is the independent body overseeing data protection in the UK, whilst The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The two organisations were tasked with developing a framework to explain processes, services and decisions made by AI following an independent review in 2017 by Professor Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti.

The three part guidance of explaining decisions made with AI includes…

  1. Legal reqirements, benefits and risks and explanation types
  2. Explaining AI in practice
  3. What explaining AI means for your organisation

Whether it’s as complex as a healthcare organisation using AI to detect early signs and symptoms of disease or as simple as using generative artificial intelligence, such as Chat-GPT, to create content, AI is increasingly becoming more relevant to all organisations. This three part guidance can help ensure staff involved are aware of their responsibilities, the legalities and best practice as well as maintaining compliance with legislation, amongst many other suggestions available on the ICO website.

If you have any queries about AI, data protection or information governance, get in touch. Our team are well versed in the intricacies of the legislation and have worked with a variety of industries, with many current queries relating to AI.

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