AI and Improved Privacy

Individuals should be given control over data disclosures by private companies via an Opt-In action, with Swiss-domiciled data as a beachhead.

There should be new regulation concerning individuals' consent to use of their data.

  • If A.I. makes use of data that is to be used for a public good (to be defined by CH GOVT, e.g. research on health) or by government programs/NGOs, individuals' data may automatically be used if they users do not opt out.
  • Regarding data that is to be used for private purposes, individuals must be given the choice to opt in, as well as to later be able to opt out.¬†

This would be a mechanism change for companies like Facebook, Google, Baidu, and other less-obvious AI operators like ABB (energy consumers consenting to running AI on their energy usage), Nestle (consumer buying habits), and Swisscom (understanding your telecom habits).

Understanding that this is a Switzerland-based AI strategy, the thought is that we would be able to test this out with solely Switzerland-domiciled data first, and demonstrate that it is still a viable way to conduct business - it wouldn't greatly affect the ways that companies can use data.

Once this has been demonstrated to be effective and sufficiently protective of peoples' personal data from their undesired AI-based uses, Switzerland could be a model for adoption elsewhere.