NSW Announces AI Biometrics Inquiry
NSW Announces AI Biometrics Inquiry – the NSW Government has announced a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) across the state to ensure it takes advantage of the technology carefully.
The inquiry will be conducted by the Committee of Law and Safety in 2023, chaired by Ray Williams, when it is reappointed following the commencement of Parliament.
According to Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Victor Dominello, the inquiry will explore ways in which AI can be used more broadly throughout NSW.
“AI has the potential to significantly improve service delivery and quality of life in a host of areas, including transport, health and cyber security,” Dominello said. “It is imperative that we remain at the forefront of this emerging space.”
“Whether it’s facial recognition, use of biometrics to enable digital identity, or use of AI and algorithms for data analysis, we must strike the right balance between advancing technology and safeguarding privacy and security. The committee will examine these issues in depth to help ensure our policies and legislative framework is fit-for-purpose.
“NSW Government has already taken steps to ensure we play a leading role in AI, including releasing an AI strategy and ethics policy in 2020, developing and mandating an AI Assurance Framework in 2021, and establishing an AI Review Committee in 2022. This inquiry will build on these foundations.
NSW appointed a digital ID advisory council in 2021 with a mandate to balance digital ID privacy and trust as part of Australia’s national Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) initiative.
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