FEB 08, 2022 | US
This Senate Bill Would Force Companies To Audit AI Used for Housing and Loans
Protocol, February 8, 2022
By Kate Kaye
Legislation introduced last week would require companies to assess the impact of AI and automated systems they use to make decisions affecting people’s employment, finances, housing and more.
The Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022, sponsored by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, would give the FTC more tech staff to oversee enforcement and let the agency publish information about the algorithmic tech that companies use. In fact, it follows an approach to AI accountability and transparency already promoted by key advisers inside the FTC.
A statement about the bill from software industry group BSA The Software Alliance indicated the risk factor associated with algorithmic systems could be a sticking point. “We look forward to working with the sponsors and committees of jurisdiction to improve on the legislation to ensure that any new law clearly targets high risk systems and sensibly allocates responsibilities between organizations that develop and deploy them,” wrote Craig Albright, vice president of Legislative Strategy at the trade group.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.