DPAs debate data ethics in Brussels at their 40th Conference and adopt AI declaration

The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC), which convened in Brussels this week, has adopted a declaration on ethics and data protection in artificial intelligence (AI). The DPAs are determined to contribute to the global discussion on this subject.

The AI declaration endorses six guiding principles as core values to preserve human rights in the development of artificial intelligence. First and foremost, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies should be designed, developed and used to respect fundamental human rights and in accordance with the fairness principle, the DPAs say.

The ICDPPC is planning to set up a permanent secretariat to assist their work. The conference also decided to update the ICDPPC Rules & Procedures for the appointment of ICDPPC permanent representatives at international organisations (for example, the Council of Europe, OECD, and APEC).

The conference adopted three other resolutions on e-learning platforms, on the Conference Census, and on collaboration between Data Protection Authorities and Consumer Protection Authorities.

New members of the Executive Committee include the Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). With the mandate of Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin (CNIL) coming to an end, the ICDPPC elected Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner (ICO) as new Chair of the Executive Committee. In 2019, the conference will be held in Albania, to be followed by Mexico in 2020.

See the AI declaration and resolutions from the conference.