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In “NZ police are using AI to catch criminals – but the law urgently needs to catch up too” Alexandra Sims discusses the police’s use of artificial intelligence (AI), notably SearchX, which has triggered debates about modern policing methods.
SearchX, a tool highlighted by a recent Official Information Act request, establishes links between suspects and their connections, with the goal of enhancing safety for police.
“The promise of AI is that it can predict and prevent crime,” but it raises concerns regarding the invasive nature of these tools, which extract data from smartphones and video and that has implications for privacy and legality.
The lack of comprehensive regulation and oversight governing AI use in New Zealand, leaves police to self-govern.
With AI’s increasing integration into government agencies, Sims says establishing comprehensive AI regulations becomes essential to prevent unforeseen challenges and to ensure responsible and appropriate use by law enforcement.
Read the full story over at The Conversation