European Parliament passes AI Act

13/03/2024

On 13 March, the European Parliament, following the completion of trilogue negotiations, passed the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act. The Act sets out:

• The safeguards on general purpose AI

• Limits on the use of biometric identification systems by law enforcement

• Bans on social scoring and AI used to manipulate or exploit user vulnerabilities

• The right of consumers to launch complaints and receive meaningful explanations.

The regulation is still subject to a final lawyer-linguist check and is expected to be finally adopted before the end of the legislative session. It still needs to be formally endorsed by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the official Journal, and be fully applicable 24 months after its entry into force, except for:

• Bans on prohibited practises (six months after the entry into force)

• Codes of practise (nine months after entry into force)

• General-purpose AI rules including governance (12 months after entry into force)

• Obligations for high-risk systems (36 months after entry into force).

The full text of the AI Act is available at: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-9-2024-0138_EN.html