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A Dutch court has outlawed the use of artificial intelligence to identify possible benefits fraudsters because it violates the human rights of poor and vulnerable claimants. The case will alarm the DWP which is investing heavily in robot technology.

Back in October we told readers that the ‘DWP are creating over 100 types of benefits robots’ at their ‘intelligent automation garage’.

The bots include artificial intelligence systems which are designed to judge whether claims for benefits are truthful.

Hiding beneath a cloak of commercial confidentiality, the DWP are refusing to reveal details of how the bots make their decisions, including what information they hold about claimants.

However, faced with similar technology and a similar lack of transparency, a Dutch court has held that the system may be discriminating on the basis of socioeconomic or migrant status and is therefore a breach of human rights.

You can read the full story in the Guardian.

Comments  

#2 Jim Allison 2020-03-01 14:10
This is only a proposal and would need to be debated in both Houses of Parliament. From my experience as a former DLA, PIP, AA and Carers Allowance,Tribu nal Member, I doubt if a Tribunal would accept "evidence" produced by a robot.
-1 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2020-02-06 10:35
Another waste of billions of pounds.

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