A new focus paper from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) outlines the potential for discrimination in using big data for automated decision making. It also suggests potential ways of minimising this risk.
Rapid technological advances have led to vast amounts of data being amassed. Algorithms, based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, are increasingly harnessing and analysing such data. This leads to automated decision making and faster data processing. FRA’s focus paper on #BigData: Discrimination in data-supported decision making starts to explore the fundamental rights impact of developments in big data and how it is being used as a prelude to wider research in this area.