Two U.S. senators introduced a bill that seeks to protect the data and systems linked to government contracts for AI. The GOOD AI Act would direct the Office of Management and Budget to consult with a working group to make sure data gathered by federal contractors is not sold or misused.
- The legislation comes from Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
- They're seeking to establish an "AI hygiene" working group, which would oversee efforts to ensure that the federal government owns any data that contractors collect.
- The goal is to "strengthen the accountability and security of federal AI systems," Portman said.
- It comes several weeks after two White House science advisers proposed a "bill of rights" to govern AI systems and protect people against faulty, harmful, and biased systems.
- These include automated hiring tools, virtual assistants that fail to understand accents, facial recognition that leads to wrongful arrests, and biased healthcare algorithms that discriminate against Black people, they noted.
- A new public request for information seeks feedback on the tech, starting with anyone affected by biometric technologies (facial and voice recognition, etc.).