EU outlines new rules to facilitate suing drone makers & AI systems

EU outlines new rules to facilitate suing drone makers & AI systems

The European Union (EU) has reportedly drafted a new set of rules that will aid companies and individuals to sue products with artificial intelligence (AI) systems like drone makers, robots, etc. in the event of suffering any harm from them.

The AI Liability Directive, which is slated to be announced by the European Commission on Wednesday i.e., 28th September would focus on tapping into the escalating prevalence of AI-enabled products and services along with an overview of the rules set up by the 27-member countries of the European Union.

Under these rules, an individual or a company would be able to sue a provider, user, or developer of AI technology for the harm caused by them to the victim’s life, property, privacy, and health. Interestingly, this draft would also aid individuals who have suffered discrimination at the hands of AI in the process of recruitment.

In addition, the rules would also be vital in reducing the burden on victims to demonstrate evidence by introducing the clause of ‘presumption of causality’ wherein the sufferer would only need to present proof that the manufacturer or user has failed to comply with the requirements of the directive and then link it with the AI technology in the lawsuit.

The victims can also request courts to order manufacturers and suppliers to disclose information regarding high-risk AI systems so that they can identify the one responsible for the breach, under the ‘right of access to evidence.’

An EU executive has reportedly disclosed that the Commission would also make amendments within the Product Liability Directive which provides an overview about the scope of manufacturer’s liabilities for defective products, be it smart technologies, pharmaceuticals, or machinery.

The proposed changes would enable users to sue manufactures for compensation when certain software updates render their smart-home gadgets unsafe for further use alongside a failure to comply with cybersecurity regulations.

Notably, users of non-EU products would be able to demand the manufacturer’s EU representative for compensation.

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