Robert Bateman

Privacy and Data Protection Writer
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June 23, 2021 12:00 PM
What the EU AI Regulation means for businesses

The European Commission's proposed AI Regulation is the world's first comprehensive legal framework regulating AI.

The AI Regulation would usher in a new era of EU regulation, designed to protect Europeans from AI-related harms while driving AI adoption and innovation across the EU.

The proposals would affect many businesses across a range of sectors. Any companies that use, develop, or distribute AI systems should be aware of how the regulation could affect them.

Join us as we discuss the regulatory impact of the proposed AI Regulation, including which businesses will be affected, which AI systems are banned or regulated, and what you can do now to prepare for the EU's new era of AI regulation.

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June 24, 2021 11:00 AM
Will the EU AI Regulation protect fundamental rights?

The European Commission says it designed its proposed AI Regulation to protect Europeans from AI-driven harms. The proposals set out a series of banned or regulated AI systems and attempt to eliminate bias from AI training data. But would the regulation go far enough to protect people's fundamental rights? Is the Commission right to take a "product safety" approach to AI systems? Would the law justify certain applications of biometric surveillance, "emotion recognition" and psychological manipulation? Without proper implementation, AI can exacerbate human biases, intrude on people's privacy, and drive social inequality. Does the EU's proposed AI Regulation address these problems—or could it make them worse?

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June 24, 2021 2:00 PM
Keynote: Max Schrems

Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems is best known as the man who held Facebook to account for its treatment of EU users' personal data—and brought down two transatlantic privacy frameworks in the process.

Last summer's "Schrems II" case caused major disruption to EU-U.S. data transfers and shone a light on intrusive U.S. surveillance laws. But for Schrems and fellow campaigners at nonprofit group NOYB (None of Your Business), the matter is far from settled.

NOYB now has scores of EU companies in its sights for allegedly violating the Schrems II ruling. The group also has ongoing complaints against Apple and Google, which it claims are illegally "tracking" millions of Europeans' mobile phones. And the long-standing dispute between Schrems and the Irish Data Protection Commission shows little sign of relenting.

Join us as we ask Max Schrems for his views on his work, the state of EU data protection, and whether the EU-U.S. data flows issue can ever be resolved.