9th February 2024
“The government’s long-awaited response to last year’s consultation on AI regulation confirms what we already knew – that the government is averse to regulating AI specifically and will devolve responsibility to existing regulators. The government is of the view that it’s too early to legislate and AI use has to be looked at in context. The next major flurry of activity is in the spring, including the regulators outlining their strategic approach to AI, and updated guidance on the use of AI in HR and recruitment. Watch this space.”
Unlike the European Union, where approval of an AI Act is in the final stages, the UK favours a “wait and see” approach.
It believes that AI regulation should be devolved to existing sector regulators to create bespoke measures tailored to the needs and risks posed by different parts of the economy.
The UK hosted the first global AI Safety Summit in November and is clearly positioning itself to be a global leader, with ambitions to lead on safe AI and be a science and technology superpower by the end of the decade.
Watch out for further briefings looking at different aspects of the government’s response in more detail. We’ll also be releasing an AI Guide to help you navigate how best to manage the risks for the business. In the meantime, if you have any questions about AI regulation, or need help with your approach to AI governance, policies and procedures, please contact Sally, Jeanette or Andrew.
Head of Technology & Digital
Head of Regulatory & Compliance