A new policy paper from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has highlighted the lack of clarity, overlaps, inconsistency and gaps in UK regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.
To address these shortcomings, the authors of the Establishing a pro-innovation approach to regulating AI: policy statement recommend that the UK develops a clear framework for regulating AI. Specifically, the UK’s approach will differ from what the European Union (EU) has proposed.
“The EU has grounded its approach in the product safety regulation of the Single Market and, as such, has set out a relatively fixed definition in its legislative proposals,” wrote the authors of the paper. “While such an approach can support efforts to harmonise rules across multiple countries, we do not believe this approach is right for the UK. We do not think that it captures the full application of AI and its regulatory implications. Our concern is that this lack of granularity could hinder innovation.”