The Artificial Intelligence Act (AI Act) is the first comprehensive legislation that intends to regulate AI horizontally across all sectors in Europe. It will have far reaching consequences on all companies developing, implementing, or using AI solutions in the EU and beyond. These FAQs provide key information you should know before the AI Act is adopted, and some tips on what you can already be doing to prepare. To learn more, click here to read Wilson Sonsini’s updated FAQs.”Continue Reading Updated: 10 Things You Should Know About the EU Artificial Intelligence Act

On April 8, 2024, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) published recommendations on the development phase of artificial intelligence (AI) systems1 (Recommendations). They are the first set of recommendations designed to guide the various players in the AI ecosystem on how to apply the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the development of AI systems. The Recommendations are relevant to providers and users of AI systems who process personal data as part of the development of such systems, including fine-tuning already-existing AI systems.Continue Reading French Data Protection Authority Publishes Recommendations on the Development of AI Systems: Seven Takeaways

On April 7, 2024, Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Congress will once again consider a comprehensive federal data privacy bill that, if passed, would dramatically alter the privacy landscape across the United States.Continue Reading Congress Proposes New Comprehensive Privacy Legislation: The American Privacy Rights Act

On April 3, 2024, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released a statement setting out its priorities for protecting children’s privacy online. The priorities reflect the ICO’s strategy for the next phase of implementing its Children’s code of practice (also known as the “AADC”) and signal a focus by the regulator on the operations of social media and video-sharing platforms (platforms). The ICO will look at platforms’ default settings for children’s profiles, recommender systems and how they obtain consent to the processing of children’s data. The statement also indicates that the ICO will conduct audits of EdTech providers to identify privacy risks and potential noncompliance with applicable legislation.Continue Reading UK Privacy Regulator Details Next Stages of Its Strategy to Protect Children Online

On March 25, 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s HB 3. The law requires that social media platforms prohibit users under 14 years old from creating accounts and requires these platforms to obtain parental consent for account registrants who are 14 or 15 years old. The law also imposes age verification requirements for online services that knowingly distribute a significant amount of “harmful” content.Continue Reading State Social Media Law Patchwork Emerging: Florida Passes Law to Restrict Minors’ Use of Online Services

On March 13, 2024, Governor Spencer Cox signed Utah’s Social Media Amendments, SB 194 and HB 464. Utah was the first state last year to pass laws strictly limiting minors’ use of social media. These laws were challenged in two lawsuits: one brought by social media users and another brought by NetChoice, a trade association representing internet companies.Continue Reading Utah Passes New Versions of Social Media Laws for Minors in Response to Challenges