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Editorial: Is artificial intelligence the ultimate test for privacy?

Nothing challenges the effectiveness of data protection law like technological innovation. You think you have cracked a technologically neutral framework and then along comes the next evolutionary step in the chain to rock the boat. It happened with the cloud. It happened with social media, with mobile, with online behavioural targeting and with the Internet of Things. And from the combination of all of that, artificial intelligence is emerging as the new testing ground. 21st century artificial intelligence relies on machine learning, and machine learning relies on...? You guessed it: data. Artificial intelligence is essentially about problem-solving and for that we need data; as much data as possible. Against this background, data privacy and cyber security legal frameworks around the world are attempting to shape the use of that data in a way that achieves the best of all worlds: progress and protection for individuals. Is that realistically achievable?

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