How does the TUC AI bill compare with the EU AI Act?

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has made proposals to regulate artificial intelligence in the employment context. By Victoria Hordern of Taylor Wessing LLP.

Since the starting gun for the UK General Election has been fired and this article will be published after 4 July, the UK may well have a new government by the time you read this. While the UK government at the time of writing has run out of road to bring in new AI law, a new administration (of whatever flavour) is likely to legislate. Assuming the UK has an incoming Labour government, it’s worth considering what signs there are that an administration led by Sir Keir Starmer would bring forward AI legislation. Past comments indicate that any Starmer government would take a tougher approach to regulating the most advanced models than the current Sunak government has done so far. On the one hand, Labour shadow cabinet members have been emphasising the opportunities that AI can bring to the UK economy. On the other, the Labour party has historic links with the trade union movement, which has concerns about the impact of AI technologies on working people. Indeed, on 24 May, the Labour Party published its ‘New Deal for Working People’ which includes a section on Technology and Surveillance outlining the risks that automation and AI can pose to jobs and livelihoods.(1)

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