UK gov: AI growth could reidentify individuals from big data

A new report from the UK’s Government Office For Science warns that the explosive growth in artificial intelligence, driven by Big Data, could mean that anonymised individuals in datasets might be extraordinarily easy to re-identify, due to the interlinking of vast, semi-supervised systems. In the report, entitled Research and analysis: Artificial intelligence: an overview for policy-makers, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport warns that new developments and scaling of AI-driven frameworks permit the inference of private information from public (i.e. anonymised) data: ‘The Information Commissioner’s anonymisation code of practice sets out ways for organisations to manage these risks and prevent the re-identification of individuals from combined anonymised data. As the volume of publically available data increases, however, and more powerful artificial intelligence techniques are developed, what…

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