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U.S. House Passes Potential TikTok Ban, World’s First Comprehensive AI Law & More

March 19, 2024 (2 min read)

U.S. House Passes Bill to Force Chinese Owner’s Divestiture of TikTok

On a 334-60 vote, the U.S. House passed a bill (HR 7521) that would require TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, to sell the popular video app or have it banned in the United States. The measure, titled the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, is now in the Senate, where members are more divided on the issue and other efforts to ban the app have failed. Even if the bill passes, the Chinese government will have to approve the divestiture, which it is unlikely to do. (NEW YORK TIMES, CNBC, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

EU Adopts World’s First Comprehensive AI Act

The European Parliament approved the world’s first comprehensive framework for regulating artificial intelligence. The AI Act classifies AI applications according to societal risk and regulates them accordingly. Applications that pose a “clear risk to fundamental rights,” including those involving the processing of biometric data, will be banned. High-risk applications, including those used in education, health care and law enforcement, will face strict requirements. Low-risk applications, like spam filters, will be subject to the least regulation. (BBC)

CA’s Crackdown on Self-Driving Cars

A bill (AB 3061) introduced in California would require autonomous vehicle makers like Cruise, Waymo and Zoox to report more information about collisions, traffic violations and other matters to the state and subject those companies to significant financial penalties for failing to do so. The measure joins other self-driving car legislation that has been introduced in the state—including AB 1777 and AB 2286—much of which is backed by labor unions, which are concerned about the potential for autonomous vehicles to significantly disrupt the labor market. (SAN FRANCISCO STANDARD)

AI Regulatory Framework Advancing in CT

The Connecticut legislature’s Joint General Law Committee approved a bill (SB 2) that would provide a regulatory framework for the artificial intelligence industry, sending the measure to the Senate floor. Among other things the fast-moving measure would criminalize deepfake pornography and political advertising, as well as create a free “Online Academy” for residents to learn about AI. (NEW HAVEN REGISTER)

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