European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli explores the potential benefits and concerns around machine learning. Researchers could use machine learning to create tools to recognize hate speech and deceptive texts. But, Buttarelli writes, the societal impact of the technology must be taken into consideration. Data protection authorities have started looking into machine learning, and EU DPAs have published research on the topic. “We all see that some applications of AI raise immediate concerns about data protection and privacy; but it also seems generally accepted that there are far wider-reaching ethical implications, as a group of AI researchers also recently concluded,” Buttarelli writes. The Council of Foreign Relations released a video interview with Buttarelli on the challenges of enforcing privacy law. Editor's note: Lokke Moerel recently wrote about sensitive data and algorithms for Privacy Perspectives.
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