Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Podcast

Jamie Susskind has joined Jasveer Randhawa from Herbert Smith Freehills on the latest episode of their Public Law Podcast series. The episode delves into the regulation of AI, exploring the balance needed between regulation and innovation, and comparing the previous Conservative approach with what we can expect from Labour. They also discuss the use of AI in the public sector, reflecting on the challenges of transparency and accountability for those subject to AI, be they individuals or businesses.

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Subject access requests, threats of violence, exemptions and the like

The High Court (Steyn J) has today handed down judgment in Harrison v Cameron and ACL [2024] EWHC 1377 (KB), a case full of notable legal points and rather colourful facts. On phone calls with one of the defendants, the claimant had repeatedly made threats of violence, without realising that the calls were being recorded. Via subject access requests under Article 15 of the UK GDPR, he sought the identities of individuals to whom the content of the recordings had been disclosed. The defendants refused, relying inter alia on the ‘personal data of others’ exemption (see DB v General Medical Council, etc), in light of the claimant’s conduct. In dismissing the claimant’s claim for the identities of the recipients, Steyn J’s judgment addresses not only that exemption, but a range of important data protection issues including the ‘personal/household’ exemption, the definition of ‘data controller’, the right to request specific identities of recipients and the application of post-Brexit CJEU case law (Austrian Post). I acted for the defendants, instructed by Charles Fussell & Co LLP, so for now I’ll just post this.

Experian v ICO – Upper Tribunal dismisses ICO appeal

By way of a judgment given in February 2023, the First-Tier Tribunal substantially upheld Experian’s appeal against an enforcement notice which the ICO had issued to Experian in connection with the data processing activities it undertook in the context of providing data services to clients in support of their offline marketing activities. The Upper Tribunal has today dismissed the ICO’s appeal against the FTT’s judgment: you can access a copy of the judgment together with the Upper Tribunal’s press summary here. I won’t comment further on the judgment here other than to say that further more detailed commentary on the Upper Tribunal’s judgment will doubtless follow on Panopticon in due course.

I acted for Experian, leading Robin Hopkins, instructed by Linklaters LLP. The ICO was represented by Tim Pitt-Payne KC, leading Christopher Knight

Anya Proops KC

Listen (and win): Jamie Susskind on regulation of AI

Panopticon Podcast, Episode 3: Regulation of AI (featuring Jamie Susskind)

Thanks to all who attended, contributed and gave feedback at our 2024 Conference yesterday. As a consolation for those who couldn’t make it – and to ease the withdrawal symptoms of those who did – we are happy to present the latest episode of the Panopticon Podcast, featuring Jamie Susskind on the regulation of AI.

As advances in AI technology continue apace, existing legal tools are struggling to keep up. Meanwhile, the Government has issued its consultation response on the pro-innovation approach to AI regulation, and the EU has just passed its AI Act. Jamie Susskind (author of The Digital Republic and Future Politics) speaks to Leo Davidson about the pressing need for leaders to get to grips with the social impact of AI and analyses the steps which have been taken to date.

Be sure to listen out for a reference to one of the great sages of the modern era, with personal experience of the dangers of unregulated technology: Derek Zoolander. If you recognise it, email the reference and time-stamp to by the end of next week to be entered into our prize draw to win a signed copy of Jamie’s latest book, The Digital Republic. (See below for T&Cs and privacy notice.)

Congratulations in the meantime to Jerin John who won our competition from Episode 2 by spotting the quotation from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (“You get nothing, you lose, good day sir!”). You won! You did it!

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Equiniti group claim: court strikes out almost all claims

Crucial and difficult questions continue to bedevil the litigation of data breach claims: how much (if anything) are claims worth, and how do you take forward large volumes of low-value claims arising from the same incident in ways that are cost-effective and proportionate? The recent judgment of Nicklin J in Farley and 473 others v Paymaster (1836) Limited (trading as Equiniti) [2024] EWHC 383 (KB) is a further notable development on these fronts. Continue reading