April 10, 2024 • News

Federal Agencies Issue Joint Statement for Fairness and Equity in the Use of AI

On April 4, 2024, nine federal agencies issued a statement committing to protecting the public from unlawful bias in automated systems, including artificial intelligence (AI), with respect to civil rights, fair competition, consumer protection, and equal opportunity. Although AI can provide insight, increase efficiency and modernize practices, its use also has the potential to perpetuate unlawful bias, automate unlawful discrimination, and produce other harmful outcomes. 

Potential discrimination in AI may stem from different sources, including problems with:

The statement was jointly issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Education, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing, and the Department of Labor.