Fundamental rights in AI: What to consider

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European Institutions (EU, CoE)
Date of publication:
In Brief/Factsheet/Promotion


Artificial intelligence (AI) already plays a role in many decisions that affect our daily lives. From deciding what unemployment benefits someone gets to where a burglary is likely to take place. But we need to make sure to fully uphold fundamental rights standards when using AI. Drawing on the ‘Getting the future right – Artificial intelligence and fundamental rights’ report, FRA presents a number of key considerations to help businesses and administrations respect fundamental rights when using AI.

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Fundamental rights in AI: What to consider

Is it compliant?

  • Design and use must comply with relevant laws
  • Any data processing must respect data protection laws
  • Considers the wider impact on other rights

Is it fair?

  • Does not discriminate on grounds such as ethnicity, age, disability, sex and sexual orientation
  • Respects the rights of children, older people and people with disabilities

Can it be challenged?

  • People are aware AI is being used
  • People can complain about AI decisions
  • Decisions based on the system can be explained

Can it be checked?

  • Assess and regularly review use of AI for fundamental rights issues
  • People applying AI can describe the system, its aim and data used

Are external experts involved?

  • Consult with experts and stakeholders
  • Expert oversight