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CR Letter on California’s AB 13, Public contracts: automated decision systems

Consumer Reports writes with a “support if amended” position on AB 13. Due to the few protections that exist for consumers and citizens in regards to algorithmic bias, we need strong provisions in order to mitigate discrimination that could arise as governments adopt more automated decision-making in routine processes. When these technologies decide who gets access to services; transparency, accountability, and the ability to correct errors or contest decisions becomes of the utmost importance particularly since marginalized communities tend to be most affected by these decisions. We request several amendments to this bill that can help accomplish these goals.

Please see the attached PDF for the full letter.