Governing privacy and ethics in AI

The expected societal impact of AI is considerable. Think of the application of AI to recruit employees, where algorithms may be used to select employees. However, some AI applications in this field are at risk of reinforcing discrimination. Therefore, careful consideration and deliberation is needed on ethical standards and regulations to benefit from AI. 

Work with us on

Privacy and ethics in AI

Contact

Such standards and regulations include the protection of privacy and data security during data collection, storage and processing. In addition, they include ensuring fairness, accountability, controllability and transparency of AI-based decisions and processes. At TNO, we conduct advice and do research on societal impact, regulations and ethics.

Underscoring privacy, ethics, norms and values

We identify three challenges in the governance of AI:

1. Privacy: Regarding privacy, application and enforcement of the GDPR and other privacy guidelines often run behind current and emerging applications of AI. AI applications for instance force us to rethink what counts as (in)directly identifiable personal data.
2. Ethics: The challenge for the application of ethical guidelines is that many guidelines are of a general nature and need interpretation. For instance, the principle of meaningful human control needs to be interpreted for autonomous driving.
3. Norms and Values: Some norms and values are not so self-evident as you might think, for example, fairness. In order to include values in AI applications they need to be made more explicit or even quantified. Furthermore, norms and values depend on context and may change over time. The challenge is how to define these norms and values in ways that facilitate accountability and empowers different stakeholders.

Governing privacy and ethics in AI: What does TNO offer?

  • We contribute to fundamental and applied research and participate in research networks and institutions, such as the Leibniz Institute, VWData and the European Big Data Values Association (BDVA).
  • We do research and share insights on the social, legal and ethical consequences of existing and emerging AI applications. Our advice is based on a unique combination of legal and technical expertise.
  • We do research and share insights on the development of standards, guidelines, policies and processes for safeguarding ethical and responsible AI. For instance we take part in the Norm Committee Artificial Intelligence of the NEN.
  • We conduct research on how to make responsible AI ethics integral to technology development, for instance, through value-sensitive design (VSD).
  • We develop innovation strategies, networks and research agendas for ethical and responsible AI in the Netherlands and on a European level.
TNO Insights

Attention to privacy improves digital health

28 November 2017
More and more people are using ‘wearables’ to monitor their health. These devices produce a great deal of personal and sensitive data that can be used to improve health care. But what about privacy? Many... Read more
TNO Insights

Does ethical Artificial Intelligence exist?

21 January 2019
How do we harness the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) while respecting our laws and ethical principles? TNO is working on different ways to achieve this: "We are a global leader in this field.”... Read more
Challenges
Contact

Dr. Grommé, F. (Francisca)

Email

FOLLOW TNO ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay up to date with our latest news, activities and vacancies

TNO.nl collects and processes data in accordance with the applicable privacy regulations for an optimal user experience and marketing practices.
This data can easily be removed from your temporary profile page at any time.
You can also view our privacy statement or cookie-information.