In a glance.
- New EU bill holds AI developers accountable.
- Australian government responds to Optus breach.
- US Senator calls on the federal government to share more information regarding the data breach.
New EU bill holds AI developers accountable.
Last week, the European Commission proposed the Artificial Intelligence Responsibility Directive, a new bill aimed at curbing the development and use of “high-risk” AI. MIT Technology Review explain that in addition to requiring additional examinations of potentially harmful AI uses (for example, facial recognition software that identifies disproportionately colored faces), the bill would also hold AI producers and users accountable by awarding individuals and companies they feel they have Damaged right to sue for damages. Tech companies worry that the bill will deter innovation, especially when it comes to software development. Under the new law, “developers risk becoming not only responsible for software errors, but also for the potential impact of software on users’ mental health,” says Mathilde Adjutor, European policy director for technology lobby group CCIA.
Consumer advocates disagree, because they feel the legislation will give consumers more power in the face of potentially harmful technology, and some argue that the measure does not go far enough. Ursula Batchel, deputy director general of the European Consumer Organisation, says the bill places a heavy responsibility on the consumer to prove that AI developers are wrong. “In a world of highly complex and opaque ‘black box’ AI systems, it would be virtually impossible for a consumer to use the new rules,” she says, especially given the difficulty of proving something as nebulous as discrimination. The proposal will take two years to pass the EU legislative process and is likely to be amended by MEPs and EU governments before it is passed.
Australian government responds to Optus breach.
We continue to follow the unfolding story of the massive data breach of Optus, Australia’s second largest telecommunications company. On Sunday, Reuters ReportsThe Australian government said it blamed Optus for the breach and urged the company to speed up the process for notifying customers. In a televised press conference, Home Affairs Minister Claire O’Neill stated, “We shouldn’t be in the situation we are in, but Optus has put us here. It is really important now that Australians take as many precautions as possible to protect themselves from financial crime.”
Government Services Minister Bill Shorten added: “We call on Optus to understand that this breach has caused systemic problems for 10 million Australians in terms of their personal identification. We know Optus is trying to do what it can, but having said that, it’s not enough. It is now a matter of protecting Australians’ privacy from criminals.” Android Police Notes This information about the breach was requested by government officials at Services Australia six days ago, but Optus, which published a full page of the me culpa error in Australian newspapers on Saturday, says it is still working with government officials to identify customers affected by the incident, particularly those who have been affected by the incident. Their accounts are no longer active. “We continue to seek further advice on the status of customers whose data has since expired. Once we receive this information, we can notify these customers,” an Optus spokesperson told 7NEWS. Reports.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has launched “Operation Sentinel” to protect victims of abuse, prioritizing clients linked to 10,000 records posted on the data leak site last week. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed on Friday that Optus has agreed to pay to replace the passports of affected customers, The Guardian Reports. AFP commissioner Justin Gough says it will provide “multi-jurisdictional, multi-level protection against identity crime and financial fraud” by monitoring online forums for additional leaks and working with the financial sector to discover activity that could be linked to a breach, but she cautions it will take time. “There are complex data sets,” Goff stated. It will involve cooperation with law enforcement from around the world, most likely, since we are talking about a type of crime that has no boundaries.” Experts estimate that Optus can deal with the reputational fallout from the breach for years to come. “People are quite tolerant in the long run, But that could take a few years,” University of Sydney professor of narrative science Tom Van Laer Tell Townsville Bulletin.
US Senator calls on the federal government to share more information regarding the data breach.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urges the federal government to be more forthcoming in sharing information with the public about data breaches, amNewYork Reports. At a news conference on Sunday, the Senate Majority Leader said: “In the past 30 or so days, vital and personal information has been hacked at several major US companies, putting people’s privacy at risk. However, if you ask most people about these hacks, they understand They don’t even know it’s happening, and the feds say very little…the feds have a law on the books to gather more information about major hacks, so the message today is: Give consumers “the details and investigate who’s doing the hack,” Schumer said. She disclosed about the September cyber attack on Suffolk County, noting that $1 billion was earmarked for state assistance in combating cybercrime in the 2021 Infrastructure and Jobs Investment Act, and added that the Internet Incident Reporting Act, which was signed in March, gave the Commerce Commission Federal, DOJ Increase Oversight of Hacking Incidents, and Agencies Need to Step Up Efforts to Protect Victims, New York Post Notes. “It’s part of a lot of personal information that is at risk,” Schumer stated. “We want to know who took it, what they did with it, and what consumers need to do before the problem.”