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Hello all, and happy Thursday! 

For many (and especially for innovation-happy technologists), AI’s data privacy concerns aren’t immediately apparent. Fortunately for all of us, regulators charged with building guardrails around AI have taken a wider view. 

One of our stories this week focuses on the recent roadmap released by the U.S. Senate AI working group. There are some notable aspects of the roadmap, such as its call for a $32 billion annual investment into non-defense AI development, its focus on business and innovation (and lack of focus on consumer protections), and more. 

What caught my eye the most was the report’s section on privacy and liability—particularly the following paragraph: 

The AI Working Group supports a strong comprehensive federal data privacy law to protect personal information. The legislation should address issues related to data minimization, data security, consumer data rights, consent and disclosure, and data brokers. 


We’ve talked before about the American Privacy Rights Act (APRA) and its long journey ahead in the legislature. But considering the pervasive nature of data privacy issues (proven by its relevance for AI and AI regulation), I’m betting federal data privacy regulation is just on the horizon—if not in the form of the APRA, then something very similar.  



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Osano Blog: The Privacy Insider Podcast: Conversations About the Vital Issue of Data Privacy 

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