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Members of Congress have renewed their efforts to hold technology companies accountable for algorithmic bias. They have introduced an updated version of the bill that would require audits of artificial intelligence systems in areas such as finance, health care, housing and education.

Proud to join @SenBooker and @RepYvetteClarke in introducing this much-needed legislation to hold companies accountable for relying on flawed systems based on age, gender, and racial discrimination against Americans. https://t.co/GKJt5FpMPI

– Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 3, 2022

According to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the document's authors, the bill should lift the curtain on the secret algorithm that determines whether Americans can see a doctor, rent an apartment or go to school.

“If someone doesn’t rent you an apartment because of the color of your skin, that is absolutely illegal discrimination. It’s also bad to use faulty algorithms or software that causes discrimination and bias,” the press release said.

The bill would require companies to audit artificial intelligence systems and report the results to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This includes any enterprise solution, including.

  • The cost, conditions and accessibility of education.
  • Employment.
  • Basic utility procedures.
  • Family Plan;
  • Health Care;
  • Housing;
  • Legal Services;
  • Any other service, program or opportunity that affects a consumer’s life.

According to the document, the FTC promises to disclose high-profile cases related to algorithmic bias. The commission is also supposed to create a public database where consumers can view decisions made by specific companies' automated systems.

The bill has the support of several human rights organizations. Color Of Change Vice President Arisha Hatch expressed hope that Congress will pass the document in the near future.

Wyden first introduced a bill on algorithmic accountability in 2019, but it did not make it past committee hearings in the House or Senate.

Recall that in April 2021, Wyden proposed to legally ban facial recognition systems such as Clearview AI.

In November, members of Congress proposed rules to regulate recommendation algorithms.

In January 2022, legislation was introduced in the United States to ban digital advertising on platforms such as Facebook and Google.

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