The European Commission has proposed the introduction of new rules to facilitate individuals and companies to claim compensation for damage caused to producers of drones, robots and other products equipped with artificial intelligence software.
Under the draft law, victims will be able to claim compensation for harm to their lives, property, health and privacy caused by the fault or omission of the supplier, developer or user of the IE technology, or for discrimination in the recruitment process using the IE.
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The Rules facilitate the process of proof of harm to victims by introducing a "presumption of causation", which means that victims only need to prove that the failure of the manufacturer or user to comply with certain requirements resulted in the injury and then link it to the technology of artificial intelligence in their claim, while victims may request the court to order companies and suppliers to provide information on high-risk AI systems so that they can identify the person responsible and the fault that caused the damage.
The Commission also announced changes to the Product Quality Responsibility Directive, under which manufacturers would be responsible for all unsafe products, material and intangible, including software and digital services.
Users can file a claim for compensation if the software upgrades make their "smart" home products unsafe, or if manufacturers fail to address cyber security gaps. Those with unsafe products outside the EU can sue the producer's representative in the EU for compensation.
A directive on liability for damage caused by technologies using AI should be agreed with EU countries and EU legislators before it becomes law.