As AI Act moves forward, concerns of undermined GDPR persist

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Concerns in Europe that privacy protection might not be an automatic right as artificial intelligence (AI) develops might not be unfounded, according to experts.

The European Union wants to bolster tech innovation within the single market as AI is predicted to catapult economic growth, but some legislators, legal experts, and privacy campaigners have expressed fears AI use—as well as definitions of “safe AI” in the planned AI Act—might conflict with the levels of automatic protection expected under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Birgit Sippel, a member of European Parliament who sits on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, accused the European Commission of trying to “shift” the focus of data protection in the AI Act from ensuring citizens’ data is automatically protected to providing people with the tools and information to check whether they still control their data.

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