Consumer Reports submitted comments on the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request for Comments on AI Accountability. Consumer Reports made several recommendations, including:
- Regulators should not rely AI accountability mechanisms alone to regulate AI technologies; systemic regulation (including bans of technologies too risk to deploy) and individual due process rights are also crucial elements
- AI accountability mechanisms should require developers and deployers of high-risk AI to subject their products to rigorous, independent third-party testing to ensure they meet certain benchmarks for accuracy, efficacy, fairness, privacy, civil rights, transparency, explainability and internal governance
- Policymakers should explicitly empower public interest researchers to conduct additional oversight on top of third-party risk assessments and audits
- AI accountability mechanisms should be coupled with a strong enforcement (both private and regulatory) regime, and key regulators should receive more resources to conduct oversight
- AI accountability mechanisms should produce publicly accessible outputs
To read our full response, please read the attached PDF.