Digital Technology: Procurement

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of creating a standardised procurement code for privately developed algorithms used in the public sector which includes mandatory human rights, data protection and equality impact assessments.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State

Artificial Intelligence is a set of technologies that have the potential to greatly improve our public services by reducing costs, enhancing quality, and freeing up valuable time of frontline staff.

Recognising this, the government published the Data Ethics framework and "A Guide for using AI in the public sector" to enable public bodies to adopt AI technologies in a safe and ethical way that works for everyone in society.

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