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Hot on the heels of the unanimous vote by Ambassadors for the EU Member States (COREPER)  approving the EU AI Act on 2 February (see our article on that vote here: Is the EU AI Act nearing the finish line? – Connect On Tech, today lawmakers from the EU Parliament have also overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Act as it continues on its legislative journey. The joint internal market and civil liberties committee of…

The UK government has published its long-waited response to the AI White Paper, “A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation” published back in March 2023. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Endorsement of principles-based approach The UK is sticking with its principles-based regulatory framework for AI, continuing to take a very different path to its EU neighbours (as discussed in our previous alert). Unlike the EU there will be no new AI regulator, new legislation…

The new EU regulation on electronic evidence will enable law enforcement authorities from one EU member state to order service providers in other EU member states to surrender digital evidence. Providers who fail to comply within ten days or, in urgent cases, within eight hours, could face fines of up to two percent of their global group turnover. We manage our calendars online, store photos in the cloud, many of us haven’t seen the inside…

A key step towards adoption of the EU AI Act was reached last Friday as the draft text received unanimous approval from the European Council’s main preparatory body. There are further votes to follow before the Act is adopted, but it’s looking likely that the final vote will take place in April and some substantive provisions of the Act could be in force soon after that, possibly by the end of the year. We set…

28 January 2024 is Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day outside of Europe), which marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Convention 108. Data Privacy Day encourages the global community to think about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. In an increasingly connected and digitized world, where data protection, privacy and cybersecurity regulation are rapidly evolving, the work of the global data community is more vital, and more challenging,…

The ICO has recently launched a public consultation on the first chapter of its draft guidance on generative AI and data protection. This consultation has a particular focus, it is a call to explore the lawful basis for extracting data from the web to train generative AI models (a process which is becoming more common across numerous markets). The ICO is requesting input from developers, users and wider interested parties. What is generative AI? Generative…

Whilst the EU’s AI Act has been grabbing all the headlines, the draft AI Convention has been flying under the radar. But not for much longer. The Convention, also sometimes called the ‘AI Treaty’, has been drafted by the Council of Europe. If adopted, it will be the first legally binding international convention on AI. The latest draft is not the final version, but contains text that is still subject to negotiation. We’ve set out…

On December 22, 2023 the EU Regulation on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data, also known as the Data Act, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication, namely on January 11, 2024, and become applicable on September 12, 2025. The Data Act affects manufacturers of connected products and also providers of related services, including virtual…

This past year brought the rapid rise of ChatGPT and other generative AI platforms, accompanied by several noteworthy legal and regulatory developments. 2024 promises to continue with technology advances, making it a pivotal year for businesses navigating global data privacy and cybersecurity risks. Our Baker McKenzie Top 10 predictions for 2024 follow. AI-enhanced cyber threats will increase globally. Threat actors will continue to leverage AI for increasingly sophisticated attacks, exploiting new technologies to enable highly-personalized…

Late in the evening on Friday 8 December in Brussels was a historic moment for AI regulation in Europe. After three days of extensive final debate the EU Parliament, Council and Commission finally announced provisional agreement on the EU AI Act, the bloc’s landmark legislation regulating development and use of AI in Europe. It is one of the world’s first comprehensive attempts to regulate the use of AI. The EU AI Act awaits formal adoption…