Latest Developments on AI in the EU: the Saga Continues


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…)

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.


FTC’s New Biometric Policy Statement Articulates New Governance Standards and an Expansive View of Biometric Data

On May 18, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its 2023 Policy Statement on Biometric Information and Section 5 of the FTC Act (the “Policy Statement”) describing the agency’s concerns about these fast-proliferating technologies and articulating a set of compliance obligations for businesses that develop or use biometric technologies.  To address potential risks of bias, discrimination, and security associated with the collection or use of biometric information, the FTC wants businesses to, among other things, conduct pre-release risk assessments evaluating the potential for bias and other potential consumer harms, assess these risks on an ongoing basis, and evaluate and potentially audit third parties with access to a business’s biometric data.


Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Accrual for Illinois Biometric Privacy Act Claims

For the second time in two weeks, the Illinois Supreme Court clarified the scope of the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) — this time in Cothron v. White Castle. The court, in a 4–3 decision, held that BIPA claims accrue each time biometric data is collected or transmitted, and not just the first time.1


Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations for Illinois Biometric Privacy Act Claims: Five Years

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a five-year statute of limitations applies to all claims under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA), further expanding the already broad scope and application of the Illinois statute.1