First Algorithmic Risks Report Netherlands calls for additional action to control algorithmic and AI risks
The world is getting smarter, and so are our digital tools. But with every new innovation comes a new set of risks. The Netherlands’ inaugural Algorithm Risk Report, published by the Directorate of Algorithm Coordination at the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP), highlights two major challenges we’re facing in 2023; the swift integration of AI innovations like chatbots into our daily life and the inability of organizations to fully comprehend their usage of high-risk algorithms.
AP Chair Aleid Wolfsen has made it clear that while algorithms and AI can be game-changers, they also come with risks such as discrimination, deception, and a lack of transparency. He called for the interim government to push forward with regulations and guidelines to manage these risks. For organizations, it’s time to deploy more resources and focus on education to better understand and manage the algorithms they use.
To keep everything under control, AP proposes a comprehensive register of algorithms used by government organizations. The focus should be on identifying and managing high-risk algorithms to avoid any threats to fundamental rights and public values. The AP recommends aligning this with the upcoming classification of high-risk systems under European legislation and suggests a one-year transition period for public organisations to register their high-risk algorithms.
And while we’re all excited about the latest AI innovations, the AP advises organizations to exercise caution. It’s crucial to balance the potential benefits with the potential risks before implementing new AI applications. This inaugural Algorithm Risk Report is part of AP’s efforts to guide policy initiatives, strategies, and risk management related to algorithms and AI, with further reports to be released every six months.