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A lack of guidance to federal agencies on use of artificial intelligence—even as that use is growing rapidly “presents a risk of misuse and the potential for discrimination impacting individuals and groups,” according to a Senate report on a bill now ready for voting.

“One concern is the ownership and security of data held by the federal government, including Americans’ personally identifiable information. For example, there have been reports that certain contractors are uploading and storing data they handle while supporting federal agencies into their own databases,” says a report from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


“Unlike contracts for cybersecurity support, government contracts for AI services generally do not include technology-specific clauses to protect the ownership and security of government data and systems,” it says.

S-3035 would create an interagency “artificial intelligence hygiene working group” to develop acquisition guidance on securing AI systems against misuse, unauthorized alteration, degradation, or being rendered inoperable; ensuring the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties; and addressing the ownership and security of data and other information created.

“Such risk mitigation measures will allow the federal government to realize the benefits of these technologies in improving operations while better securing the United States’ economy and national security and protecting Americans from harm,” it says.

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