The Council of Europe’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) held its 4th plenary meeting online on the 26th February 2021, during which it unanimously approved EADPP as an observer.
The Committee, consisted by representatives of the Member States is instructed by the Council of Ministers, to examine the feasibility and potential elements on the basis of broad multi-stakeholder consultations, of a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence, based on the Council of Europe’s standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
EADPP is represented to the CAHAI by Constantinos Tsiourtos, Advisor to the Chair of EADPP, Cybersecurity & Privacy Standardization Expert and legal scholar.
On the 8th of May 2021, the EADPP AI & Privacy Working Group led by Mr. Tsiourtos, has submitted its response to CAHAI on a multi-stakeholder consultation. The aim of the consultation is to help the CAHAI Legal Frameworks Group, which is in charge of preparing the main elements of this future legal framework, inform its choices based on the feedback that will be collected during the consultation. In effect, the elements will cover key issues such as the values and principles on which the design, development and application of AI should be based, the areas where more safeguards are needed, and the kind of policies and solutions that need to be adopted for AI systems to be respectful of the Council of Europe’s values.
EADPP will continue to be observing (with right to edit) the deliberations of the Committee in the years to come, and be involved in the creation of a future legal framework that will probably result to a legal convention and become part of international law.