Regulatory Update: National Association of Insurance Commissioners Fall 2023 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held its Fall 2023 National Meeting (Fall Meeting) from November 30 through December 4, 2023. This Sidley Update summarizes the highlights from this meeting in addition to interim meetings held in lieu of taking place during the Fall Meeting. Highlights include adoption of a new model bulletin addressing the use of artificial intelligence in the insurance industry, continued development of accounting principles and investment limitations related to certain types of bonds and structured securities, and continued discussion of considerations related to private equity ownership of insurers.

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Australia’s Digital Platform Regulators Release Working Papers on Risks and Harms Posed by Algorithms and Large Language Models

Australia’s Digital Platform Regulators Forum (DP-REG) has recently released two working papers relevant to developing AI policy on the global stage: Literature summary: Harms and risks of algorithms (Algorithms WP) and Examination of technology: Large language models used in generative artificial intelligence (LLM WP) (together, the Working Papers) to mark the launch of its website. The DP-REG, which comprises various prominent Australian regulators across multiple industries, was established to ensure a collaborative and cohesive approach to the regulation of digital platform technologies in Australia. The Working Papers focus on understanding the risks and harms, as well as evaluating the benefits, of algorithms and generative artificial intelligence, and provides recommendations on the Australian Federal Government’s response to AI. The Working Papers also serve as a useful resource for the Australian industry and the public as these technologies are increasingly integrated and engaged with in the Australian market. Interestingly, the recommendations set out in the Working Papers are broadly aligned with the requirements of the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act, which reached political agreement on 8 December 2023, suggesting that Australia’s proposed approach to regulating AI may be inspired at least in part by Europe’s AI regulatory framework.

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EU Reaches Historical Agreement on AI Act

On 8 December 2023 — following three days of lengthy and intensive negotiations — EU legislators reached political agreement on the world’s first stand-alone law regulating AI: the EU’s AI Act. The EU considers the AI Act as one of its key pieces of legislation and fundamental to ensuring the EU becomes the world’s leading digital economy.

‘World-First’ Agreement on AI Reached

Over one hundred representatives from across the globe convened in the UK on 1-2 November 2023 at the Global AI Safety Summit. The focus of the Summit was to discuss how best to manage the risks posed by the most recent advances in AI. However, it was the “Bletchley Declaration” –announced at the start of the Summit—which truly emphasized the significance governments are attributing to these issues. (more…)

Latest Developments on AI in the EU: the Saga Continues

EU AI Act

Up until recently, political agreement on the final text of the EU Artificial Intelligence Regulation (AI Act) was expected on 6 December 2023. However, latest developments indicated roadblocks in the negotiations due to three key discussion points – please see our previous blog post here. EU officials are reported to be meeting twice this week to discuss a compromise mandate on EU governments’ position on the text, in preparation of the political meeting on 6 December. (more…)

Preparing for the EU AI Act

Join Sidley and OneTrust DataGuidance for a webinar on the EU AI Act. This discussion with industry panellists will cover initial reactions to the (anticipated) political agreement on the EU AI Act following key negotiations by the European legislative bodies on December 6, 2023.

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Insights from the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress: Regulatory Convergence on AI and Sidley’s Women in Privacy Networking Lunch

The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) held its annual Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels on November 15 & 16, 2023. Whilst the Congress covered a wide range of topics related to privacy, cybersecurity and the regulation of data more broadly, unsurprisingly a recurring theme throughout was the responsible development, commercialization and use of AI. In this regard panelists explored (amongst other things) what practical and effective AI governance may look like, the role of a Digital Ethics Officer, how to strike a balance between enabling innovation and safeguarding individual rights, and how AI may be used to automate data breach detection and response.

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EU Moving Closer to an AI Act?

On 24 October 2023, the European Parliament and Member States concluded a fourth round of trilogue discussions on the draft Artificial Intelligence Regulation (AI Act). Policymakers agreed on provisions to classify high-risk AI systems and also developed general guidance for the use of “enhanced” foundation models. However, the negotiations did not lead to substantial progress on provisions for prohibitions in relation to the use of AI by law enforcement. The next round of trilogue discussions will take place on 6 December 2023.

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AI Use in Drug Discovery

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize how we find, develop, and deliver new life-saving therapies.

Join “State of the Art” host and Sidley partner Stephen Abreu as he speaks with Colin Hill, CEO and Co-Founder of Aitia. Together, they discuss the challenges and opportunities AI presents for the pharmaceutical industry, particularly how AI is accelerating the pace of drug discovery and its implications for the future of medicine.

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Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence: New Developments From President Biden’s Executive Order

The Biden administration’s executive order issued on October 30, 2023, includes a number of initiatives relating to the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI), including in healthcare. As AI becomes a pivotal point of innovation for the healthcare industry, digital health healthcare technology developers, private equity sponsors, and other key industry stakeholders should track the regulatory frameworks certain to be developed following this executive order to better inform strategies for developing drugs and devices and assessing deals involving AI.

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