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The Risks of AI-driven HR Tools for Data Protection and Privacy

Institute for International Research

30 Sep 2021

Lokke Moerel spoke to the Institute for International Research (IRR) about the data protection and GDPR compliance risks for organizations using recruiting systems powered by artificial intelligence and algorithms.

“Over the last few years, we have seen a flurry of AI-driven tools, and the HR departments that procure and implement these tools do not always conduct any due diligence as to the design and development of them,” Lokke said.

She emphasized that privacy professionals have an important contribution to make to the responsible application of these new HR tools: “The tools that are on the market are often a black box and therefore the transparency and explainability requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) cannot be met. This is where privacy professionals really have a role to play in assessing the risks of applying algorithms. For example, the datasets with which algorithms train may show bias. This can lead to discriminatory outcomes. Research shows that without active measures to mitigate bias, bias will arise in predictive hiring tools by default.”

Read the full article, translated from the original Dutch version.

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