Preparing for a Patchwork of AI Laws: Lessons from California and Colorado

As states take pioneering steps towards AI legislation, businesses face new compliance landscapes affecting their operation and strategic planning. California and Colorado are leading with distinct yet influential legislative measures to govern the use of artificial intelligence, targeting different aspects of AI application and its impact on consumers, especially minors.

California’s Assembly Bill 2877, recently passed by the state’s House of Representatives, focuses on protecting minors by limiting how businesses can use their data to train AI systems. Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan emphasized the necessity of such regulations: “Our children need to be protected from exploitation,” he stated. The bill restricts businesses from using, sharing, or selling the personal data of children under 16 years old for AI training without a parent’s consent. This measure aims to prevent the exploitation of minors’ data and ensure that their sensitive information is not used without explicit consent.

Conversely, Colorado has taken a broader approach with Senate Bill 24-205 (SB205), which was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis on May 17, 2024. This bill categorizes certain AI systems as ‘high-risk,’ requiring meticulous transparency and compliance measures from developers and users to prevent algorithmic discrimination. The bill mandates that businesses developing or deploying high-risk AI systems must take reasonable care to prevent algorithmic discrimination, particularly in consequential decision-making areas such as employment, education, lending, financial services, and healthcare.

Key provisions of SB205 include:

Risk Management and Documentation: Businesses must implement risk management policies and conduct impact assessments to identify and mitigate potential biases in AI systems.

Transparency and Notification: Developers and deployers must disclose the use of AI systems to individuals and notify the Colorado Attorney General of any known or reasonably foreseeable risks of algorithmic discrimination within 90 days of discovery.

Consumer Rights: The bill provides consumers with the right to appeal adverse decisions made by AI systems through human review, if technically feasible.

The Colorado legislation also introduces statutory tort liability for AI algorithmic discrimination in employment, making it a powerful disincentive for employers to use AI tools without thorough compliance measures. The law’s broad scope and stringent requirements are expected to have significant implications for businesses, potentially influencing AI regulation trends across other states.

Businesses operating in these states must adapt swiftly to these evolving requirements. Compliance not only involves technical adjustments but also a comprehensive review of how AI systems are deployed in sensitive areas like employment and consumer interactions. Companies must ensure they are not inadvertently violating these laws, which could result in significant legal repercussions.

Moreover, the California and Colorado examples might prompt other states to consider similar legislation, leading to a patchwork of AI regulations across the U.S. This can pose challenges for national and multinational businesses striving to maintain uniformity in their AI applications while adhering to state-specific laws.

For businesses, the key to navigating this new landscape is proactive engagement with legal and technological developments, staying ahead of potential legislative changes, and engaging in dialogue with policymakers to shape sensible AI governance that balances innovation with consumer protection.

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