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Singapore Unveils Groundbreaking Draft Guidelines on AI Training and Personal Data Usage

Singapore Releases Draft Guidelines on Personal Data Management for AI Systems

Singapore has recently released draft guidelines on the management of personal data when used to train artificial intelligence (AI) models and systems. The guidelines, outlined by the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC), provide best practices for businesses in establishing transparency and accountability in the use of personal data for AI decision-making processes. It is important to note that these guidelines are not legally binding and do not alter any existing laws. They primarily focus on issues such as exceptions within the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) that may benefit companies in the development of AI systems. The guidelines also address requirements for consent, accountability, and notification when collecting personal data for machine learning AI systems that facilitate predictions, decisions, and recommendations.

One of the exceptions mentioned in the guidelines is the business improvement exception, which allows companies to use personal data to improve their products or decision-making processes. For example, this exception can be applied to internal human resource recommendation systems or the development of new features for products and services. However, organizations must ensure that the business improvement purpose cannot reasonably be achieved without using personal data in an individually identifiable way.

Another exception mentioned is the research exception, which permits organizations to use personal data for research and development purposes. This can include joint commercial research with other companies to develop new AI systems. However, organizations must ensure that the research cannot reasonably be accomplished without using personal data in an identifiable form. The research should also have clear public benefits and should not be used to make decisions that affect individuals. Published results of the research should not identify the individual.

The guidelines also recommend that organizations conduct a data protection impact assessment for AI systems that use personal data. This assessment should evaluate the effectiveness of risk mitigation and remediation measures applied to the data. In terms of data protection, organizations should incorporate appropriate technical processes and legal controls when developing, training, and monitoring AI systems. The guidelines emphasize the practice of data minimization to reduce unnecessary data protection and cyber risks.

The PDPC is currently seeking public feedback on the draft guidelines, with submissions accepted until August 31.

Partnership with Google to Test Privacy Safeguard Tools

In addition to the draft guidelines, Singapore has announced a partnership with Google to enable local businesses to test the use of “privacy enhancing technologies” (PETs). These technologies aim to protect personal data while allowing businesses to extract value from consumer datasets. PETs can aid in the development of useful data insights and AI systems by facilitating secure data sharing.

PETs can be particularly useful for banks in fraud detection, as they allow for the collection of data and the building of AI models while ensuring the protection of customers’ identity and financial data. To drive the adoption of PETs, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) introduced a PET sandbox last year, providing businesses with grants and resources to develop PET solutions.

The collaboration with Google will allow Singapore organizations to test their Google privacy sandbox applications within the IMDA sandbox. This provides a secure environment for companies to use and share data without compromising sensitive information. The IMDA and Google sandbox is available to businesses based in Singapore, including adtech, publishers, and developers.

This partnership marks Google’s first collaboration with a regulator in the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate the testing and adoption of PETs. It offers organizations a safe space to pilot projects using PETs on a platform they already operate on. With the deprecation of third-party cookies, PETs become an alternative for businesses to track consumer behavior without compromising personal data.

In conclusion, Singapore’s draft guidelines on personal data management for AI systems aim to provide clarity and best practices for businesses using personal data in AI development. The guidelines address exceptions within the PDPA and emphasize the importance of transparency, accountability, and data protection. The partnership with Google further supports the adoption of privacy enhancing technologies, allowing organizations to test and develop solutions in a secure environment.

Thomas Lyons
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