March 05, 2024

UK Government Response to AI Regulation Consultation


On 6 February 2024, the UK government published its response to the artificial intelligence (AI) white paper consultation, which explains its approach to the regulation of AI (including generative AI) in the UK.

The response confirms that the government's strategy is to promote innovation. Rather than implementing blanket legislation, the UK government will go ahead with adopting the non-statutory, contextual, cross-sectoral principles-based approach detailed in the white paper. Though the government recognises that at some point 'binding requirements' will be required to address potential AI-related harm, the government has said that it will only legislate when "confident that it's the right thing to do".

The white paper proposals to empower existing regulators and create a central regulatory function to coordinate the strategy will also proceed. As part of this, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (the "DSIT") has published new guidance for regulators to support them when interpreting and applying the principles-based approach. Our alert summarises the government's response and sets out a number of recommendations for businesses active in this space.

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