The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled a new set of AI guidelines aimed at managing the risks associated with artificial intelligence. As part of these guidelines, DHS will not collect or disseminate data used in AI activities and will ensure thorough testing of all facial recognition technologies.
“Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that we must effectively and responsibly harness,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Our Department must keep pace with this rapidly evolving technology in a transparent and respectful manner that prioritizes privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties for all individuals we serve.”
In addition to the new policies, DHS has appointed Chief Information Officer Eric Hysen as its first chief AI officer. In this role, Hysen will drive AI innovation and safety within the department and provide guidance on AI matters to Mayorkas and department leadership.
Hysen will continue to serve as the department’s chief information officer.
The guidelines stem from a policy statement that establishes principles for DHS’s use of AI. The department employs AI to advance its missions, including combating fentanyl trafficking and countering child sexual exploitation.
Under the new principles, DHS will only acquire and use AI in a manner consistent with the Constitution and applicable laws and policies. Additionally, the department will refrain from collecting, using, or disseminating data used in AI activities, and will not establish AI-enabled systems that make decisions based on inappropriate considerations such as race, gender, or ethnicity.
The guidelines also include a directive for thorough testing of all facial recognition and face capture technology to eliminate unintended bias. DHS will review its existing use of this technology and conduct regular testing and evaluation of all systems.
As lawmakers and regulators grapple with how to regulate the rapidly growing AI industry, leaders in the tech industry and civil rights groups met with senators in a closed-door meeting to discuss the benefits and risks of AI.
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