The race for regulating facial recognition technology

Written by Megan Stagman on 16 Oct 2019

Facial recognition technology is controversial amongst consumers, and a lack of clear rules about how to apply it has caused concerns amongst both the public and regulators. However, the benefits in certain contexts are there for all to see, and the race is on between business and lawmakers to shape the regulatory landscape.

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Inline's Data Policy Tracker, May 2019

Written by Conor Brennan on 16 May 2019

In the second of our regular Data Policy Tracker we cover the key political and regulatory changes, trends and developments impacting the data sector. 

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Launching Inline's new Data Policy Tracker

Written by Conor Brennan on 15 Apr 2019

In the first of our new regular Data Policy Trackers we cover the key political and regulatory changes, trends and developments impacting the data sector. 

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Can data sharing survive the new data protection regime?

Written by Conor Brennan on 05 Mar 2019

Nine months after "GDPR day" our new briefing paper assesses the fallout of the new EU data protection regime, the emerging trends in regulation of data sharing and how industry is responding. 

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Is Europe offering a Third Way in technology regulation?

Written by Olaf Cramme on 19 Feb 2019

At the end of last year, the Financial Times’ Innovation Editor John Thornhill raised an intriguing question about the extent to which Europe is seeking to define a ‘third way’ in technology regulation that sets it apart from the predominantly libertarian and authoritarian approaches in the US and China respectively.

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Political pressure builds for reform of EU competition policy

Written by Rory Coutts on 14 Nov 2018

Governments and regulators are actively considering how competition policy should respond to the growth of the digital economy. A forthcoming report from the European Parliament provides an insight into the state of the debate in Brussels.

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Beyond Data Protection: Shaping the Ethical Use of Data in the UK

Written by Conor Brennan on 01 Nov 2018

Major advances in data gathering, which enable new business applications powered by automated machine processing or artificial intelligence, present new challenges for policymakers. 
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UK kicks off review of competition in digital markets

Written by David Abrahams on 20 Sep 2018

Yesterday the UK Government's panel conducting a review of competition in digital markets met for the first time at the Treasury in London. The terms of reference, which were published to accompany the meeting, provide initial questions that illustrate the breadth of this review and why the tech sector needs to take it seriously.

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Big tech deserves a better political debate – here’s why

Written by Olaf Cramme on 18 Jul 2018

In the latest drama of EU pushback against ruling US technology companies, the European Commission has finally revealed the most recent findings of its investigation into the business practices of Google, handing down a staggering €4.3bn fine.

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The top 5 most important European Parliamentary questions for the tech sector this year

Written by Rory Coutts on 10 Jul 2018

MEPs ask thousands of questions to the European Commission each year and during the 2009-2014 term of the European Parliament, over 10,000 questions were tabled. At Inline, our job is to cut through the noise, so here are the five most important questions for the tech sector from the past 12 months.

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Finding the path to ethical artificial intelligence?

Written by Olaf Cramme on 16 Apr 2018

Another day, another report on artificial intelligence? Not quite. 

Published today, the 180-page volume by the House of Lords’ Select Committee is more than just the latest contribution to the emerging debate about the opportunities and challenges of AI. Led by experienced lawyers such as Baron Clement-Jones and renowned scholars like Lord Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics, it might well prove influential both in the UK and beyond.

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Artificial intelligence: can public policy cope?

Written by Olaf Cramme on 12 Oct 2017

Business has long been convinced about the many opportunities offered by artificial intelligence (AI). Reports abound with estimates about the added value that applications powered by AI can create in the future. Literally everyone is on to it, from the dominant tech players in Silicon Valley all the way to established companies in the transport and utilities sectors. Even public authorities are joining the race. Countries as diverse as China, Canada, Germany and Singapore run significant programmes investing heavily in AI research capabilities or experimenting with early applications.

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Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Written by Inline Policy on 30 Jun 2016

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction.

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