ICO opens consultation into generative AI web-scraped data

15/01/2024 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has opened a public consultation on the use of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) to explore how data protection laws should be applied to the development and use of technology. The consultation is the first in a series in which the ICO seeks to outline its thinking on interpreting specific requirements of UK GDPR and Part 2 of the DPA 2018 concerning the technology. The first chapter in the series addresses the lawful basis for training generative AI models on data scraped from the web. The consultation is open until 1 March 2024.

In a statement, Stephen Almond, Executive Director for Regulatory Risk at the ICO, said, "The impact of generative AI can be transformative for society if it's developed and deployed responsibly... This call for views will help the ICO provide industry with certainty regarding its obligations and safeguard people's information rights and freedoms."

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