During a virtual fireside chat today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stressed the need for products that support data privacy and AI ethics. Nadella said he hopes for non-fragmented, global rules that ensure data privacy, calling it a "human right."
- Until then, tech companies should still be responsible for designing and building platforms that ensure four core things: privacy, security, internet safety, and AI ethics, Nadella told K.T. Rama Rao, the IT and industries minister for the Indian state of Telangana.
- “These four things are not things we can wait even for regulation," he said, adding that the tech industry shouldn't build products and wait for them to break before fixing them.
- Patient data should ultimately benefit the patient. There will need to be legislated rules surrounding the data value exchange in areas such as AI and facial recognition, Nadella stressed.
- Using Europe's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) as an example, cities and countries worldwide are already developing data privacy rules. With no national framework yet, Florida joins a growing list of states considering or enacting data privacy protection legislation. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is expected to sign the state's Consumer Data Protection Act, which has passed both houses of the state legislature, into law by April.