On May 21st, 2020, the United Kingdom’s Data Protection Authority (ICO) with the Alan Turing Institute published new guidance on ‘Explaining decisions made with AI’.
The aim of this guidance is to ‘‘give organisations practical advice to help explain the processes, services and decisions delivered or assisted by AI, to the individuals affected by them’’.
This publication follows a consultation initiated by ICO and The Alan Turing Institute in December 2019 on guidance explaining decisions made by AI systems.
The new guidance is divided into three sections:
- Part 1: The basics of explaining AI
- Part 2: Explaining AI in practice
- Part 3: What explaining AI means for your organisation
Beyond presenting basic definitions, the new guidance also provides insightful precisions on which tasks or steps should be undertaken in order to explain decisions made by AI systems. Concrete and accurate examples, policies and procedures are also provided by the document (for instance Annex 5 relative to argument-based issuance cases).
The guidance’s audience and use are very broad. It is not only aimed to DPOs and compliance teams, but to all multi-stakeholders involved : technical teams, experts, organizations, senior managements, individuals, etc… It will depend ‘‘on your level of expertise, and the make-up of your organization’’.