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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) walks to his office at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) participates in a mock swearing in with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the opening day of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
“We understand that the FTC does not typically comment on nonpublic investigations, but the public discussion surrounding Google and other companies’ conduct have made this a uniquely important national issue,” the senators, who both have worked on tech policy issues, wrote in the letter.
“Accordingly, we respectfully request that the FTC consider publicly disclosing whether it is conducting an investigation of Google and/or other major online platforms and describe, in general terms, the nature of the conduct under examination in any such investigations,” they also wrote.
Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) previously has called for the FTC to investigate Facebook for antitrust violations. The agency is already considering levying a multibillion dollar fine against Facebook as it investigates the company for potential privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
An anti-Brexit campaigner shows her support for Europe waving a European Union flag outside Parliament in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
“They don’t offer a snappy, moral framework that will help us control murderous robots,” Vincent wrote. “Instead, they address the murky and diffuse problems that will affect society as we integrate AI into sectors like health care, education, and consumer technology.”
The principles state that AI “should not trample on human autonomy.” They also say AI should be secure and accurate. The recommendations call for data related to AI systems to be stored securely. They also say AI systems should be available to all and should not be biased along the lines of gender, race or other characteristics.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks during the annual Microsoft Corp. shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
The investigation opened Monday underscores how the E.U. General Data Protection Rules, which went into effect last year, are holding companies to a higher bar when it comes to data privacy.
“The probe will look into the Microsoft products and services used by the institutions and whether the contractual agreements between them and the U.S. software company are GDPR-compliant,” Reuters reported.
Microsoft told Reuters it was working with the E.U. data authority on the investigation.
“When relying on third parties to provide services, the E.U. institutions remain accountable for any data processing carried out on their behalf,” Assistant EDPS Wojciech Wiewiorowski said, per the Reuters report. “They also have a duty to ensure that any contractual arrangements respect the new rules and to identify and mitigate any risks,” he said.
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