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EU product safety rules for AI should keep risk-based approach, lead lawmaker says

By Matthew Newman
  • 29 Jun 2020 11:57
  • 29 Jun 2020 11:57

The EU should keep its risk-based approach when imposing safety standards on products derived from artificial intelligence, a European Parliament member drafting a report on product safety legislation said today.

Marion Walsmann, a German center-right lawmaker, said the EU needs “consistency” with certification of products and should avoid “reinventing the wheel.”

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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