ECNL warns of significant flaws in EU Artificial Intelligence Act

12/04/2024 | European Centre for Not-for-Profit Law

The European Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), Liberties, and the European Civic Forum (ECF) have found that the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by public authorities, without proper safeguards, can have negative impacts on civic space and the rule of law. The group closely monitored and contributed to discussions on the EU Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act), advocating for strong protections for fundamental rights and civic space. However, the ECNL warns that the AI Act is "packed with loopholes" and falls short in protecting these rights and freedoms, particularly in the areas of law enforcement and migration, due to far-reaching exceptions. 

The article highlights 5 flaws in the AI Act:

  • Prohibited applications can become meaningless due to gaps and loopholes
  • Self-assessment of risks by AI companies can put fundamental rights protections in danger
  • Standards for fundamental rights impact assessments are not strong enough
  • Use of AI for national security purposes can lead to a lack of protection for people's rights
  • Civic participation in the implementation and enforcement of these measures is not guaranteed
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Artificial Intelligence Regulation, AI, Chatbots

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