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29 Sep 2022

Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

EU: Proposed AI Liability Directive to make it easier to sue AIs & give business legal certainty

"Bad robot: Europe plans product liability changes to make it easier to sue AIs", 28 Sep 2022

The European Union is to update product liability laws to tackle the risk of damage caused by artificial intelligence systems and address other liability issues arising from digital devices — such as drones and smart devices.

Presenting a proposal for revisions to long-standing EU products rules — which includes a dedicated AI Liability Directive — justice commissioner, Didier Reynders, said modernization of the legal framework is needed to take account of “digital transformation” generally and the ‘blackbox’ explainability challenge that AI specifically poses in order to ensure that consumers are able to obtain redress for harms caused by modern products. 

The EU’s executive also argues its approach will give businesses legal certainty, as well as helping to foster (consumer) trust in their products...

The Directive contains two main measures: Disclosure requirements and a rebuttable presumption of causality...

The Commission’s AI liability proposal would apply its protections to both individuals and businesses, not only consumers...

The Commission’s riposte appears to be that it’s going to make it easier for people to sue if they are harmed by AIs...