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Introduction of Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act

On 9 December 2021, the Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act (B24-0558) was introduced to the Council of the District of Columbia. The Act aims to prevent and reduce the risk of discrimination and would create obligations for organisations using data to make AI-based decisions. Firstly, the Act would require organisations not to use AI if there is a risk of discrimination against individuals. Organisations would not be allowed to make AI-based decisions based on certain protected "traits" that would influence "important life opportunities". Specifically, the "traits" protected by the Act are "race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, source of income, or disability." An "important life opportunity" is defined as access to "credit, education, employment, housing, insurance, public accommodation". Secondly, the Act would require organisations to disclose how they are using the individual's personal information in AI-based decisions. Organisations are to evaluate the algorithm's level of discrimination and report possible infractions to the Attorney General. Finally, both the Attorney General and affected individuals could bring forth civil suits.

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Policy Area
Other operating condition
Policy Instrument
Algorithm design and technical standards
Regulated Economic Activity
ML and AI development
Implementation Level
national
Government Branch
legislature
Government Body
parliament

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2021-12-09
under deliberation

On 9 December 2021, the Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act (B24-0558) was introduced to the Coun…