On 21 June 2023, at the close of a roundtable meeting of the G7 Data Protection and Privacy Authorities, regulators from the United States, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan published a joint “Statement on Generative AI” (“Statement”) (available here). In the Statement, regulators identify a range of data protection-related concerns they believe are raised by generative AI tools, including legal authority for processing personal information, and transparency, explainability, and security. The group of regulators also call on companies to “embed privacy in the design conception, operation, and management” of generative AI tools.

In advance of the G7 meeting, on 15 June 2023, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) separately announced that it will be “checking” whether businesses have addressed privacy risks before deploying generative AI, and “taking action where there is risk of harm to people through poor use of their data”.

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The World Trade Organization issued approval on Monday for Antigua and Barbuda to impose sanctions on the United States that would authorize the suspension of  “certain concessions and obligations” that Antigua has “under international law to the United States in respect of intellectual property rights.”  The authorization would apply to obligations imposed on Antigua by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS Agreement”).

This authorization is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Antigua and the United States concerning the U.S. ban on online gambling, which, according to the Financial Minister of Antigua, has “devastated” the Antiguan economy.  After the online gambling ban was instituted, Antigua sought recourse with the WTO, who ruled in Antigua’s favor in 2004.  This latest decision is based on the WTO’s finding that the United States has failed to comply with the judgments issued against it and that Antigua is therefore permitted to sanction the United States.
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