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Urgent need for the international AI community to focus on privacy protection following today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

With today’s US Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Partnership on AI (PAI) calls on the international AI community to double down on protecting user data privacy and human rights.

“The potential for this US ruling to pave the way for AI-driven technologies to identify and track people seeking medical care,” said Rebecca Finlay, CEO, “requires us to focus on building and deploying AI systems that protect the privacy of all individuals, including personal data such as search history and location.”

AI-driven technologies, such as facial recognition, have been deployed disproportionately against Black and other communities of color and could be used against individuals seeking access to abortions and reproductive health services and information, as well as their providers.

At PAI, we see this recent ruling and the need for a clear response by the AI community as building on the work of many scholars and advocates over the years who have highlighted the numerous ways in which AI impacts people differently based on their identity and social position. We call on our Partners to ensure that the people most impacted are included in the development of AI.

Many PAI Partners are providing resources in response to this ruling. To get started, see Center for Democracy and Technology and Electronic Frontier Foundation. If your organization is developing resources about privacy and AI, please send an email to getintouch@partnershiponai.org.