May – August 2019
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a powerful General-Purpose technology – considered as a game-changer that will have potential economic, social and political implications on all spheres of human life. The promise of AI presents a huge economic opportunity and to capitalize on this new technology wave governments have rolled out their national AI strategies. Algorithms in AI that learn from public and private data to draw patterns and make decisions autonomously could pose serious threats to the right to privacy of individuals. While capitalizing on this new technology it is also essential that right to privacy – a fundamental right – needs to be protected. This research study examines the AI national strategies of Germany and India to assess how they approach privacy and suggests that tighter privacy regulations do not undermine the governments’ AI push to reap benefits of innovation, job creation, and productivity.