Navigating Age Assurance in Online Services: Implications for Tech Companies

Head of the UK online safety watchdog, Melanie Dawes, has once again pushed age assurance technologies back into the spotlight. Dawes highlighted concerns over the effectiveness of facial age-estimation technology, especially for younger teenagers, under the UK’s new Online Safety Act. The act, currently in its infancy of implementation, emphasises the need for “highly effective”…

Meta’s New AI Policy: A Legal Storm Brewing?

Meta has recently updated its privacy policy to include the use of information shared on its platforms, such as posts, photos, and captions, for AI training. This extends to personal information from publicly available and licensed sources. The new privacy policy will come into effect on the 26th of June. Privacy advocacy group Noyb has…

Balancing Innovation and Privacy: EDPS Issues New Generative AI Guidelines

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has released new guidelines on the use of generative AI and personal data for EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies (EUIs). These guidelines aim to help EUIs adhere to data protection obligations under Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 when developing or using generative AI tools. As explained in the guidelines, generative…

EU’s pioneering AI Act gets the green light

On 21 May 2024, the Council of the EU approved the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act, a landmark piece of legislation that introduces the world’s first comprehensive regulatory framework for AI. This pioneering law is designed to harmonise AI regulations across the EU, adopting a risk-based approach to ensure safety, transparency, and innovation. The AI Act…

Decoding the EU’s Approach to Regulating the AI Revolution

Background Since our previous blogpost ‘Europe paving the way for AI regulation’, on 26 January 2024, the Council of the European Union has published the latest version of the proposal for a Regulation laying down harmonised rules on AI (the “AI Act”). The Council has approved the text on 2 February 2024 and the approval…

ICO consultation series on generative AI and Data Protection

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has launched a consultation series on how aspects of data protection law should apply to the development and use of generative AI models, found here. The ICO is seeking clarity in how data protection law applies to this new innovative technology, and specifically how generative AI will need to be…