In this episode, Beatriz Ruiz-Beato, Head of Global Data Privacy at NEC Corporation, joins BigIdeas on the Go to discuss how AI technologies can be used responsibly, how privacy requirements come into play with AI frameworks, the new AI regulation in the EU, and more.

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With a background in law, Beatriz started her career as an in-house lawyer, catering to various companies in both the Spanish and global markets. As part of her multifaceted role, she advised internal stakeholders on commercial law, data privacy, compliance, and risk management.

About two years before the inception of GDPR, Beatriz recognized her passion for privacy and decided to fully dedicate herself to the field. Relocating to London, she transitioned into a role focused on Data Protection Law, where her primary responsibility was to ensure the company’s data privacy policies comply with global regulations.

AI through a privacy lens

Beatriz Ruiz-Beato highlighted the increasing importance for organizations to consider AI technologies through the lens of privacy. As AI continues to permeate various sectors, ensuring its responsible use becomes paramount to maintaining trust with users and society at large.

Well, it’s clear that all organizations should start thinking about AI, and because it’s also related with privacy initiatives, we also need to ensure that these technologies are being used in a responsible way.

– Beatriz Ruiz-Beato

Beatriz emphasized the inherent connection between AI frameworks and privacy initiatives, underscoring how AI has significantly impacted the privacy landscape. With governments and practitioners across sectors actively seeking answers on responsible and ethical AI usage, regulations are evolving worldwide to enforce transparency, privacy, and other ethical considerations.

She also stressed the importance of understanding existing privacy requirements applicable to AI and integrating them into robust data protection programs. As privacy professionals become increasingly involved in AI governance, they face the challenge of navigating the intricate relationship between privacy regulations and broader developments concerning the ethical deployment of AI.

AI regulation and ethics

Beatriz delved into the European AI regulation and its implications— offering insights into the latest developments. She clarified that while leaders have agreed on the basics of the regulation after years of discussions and debates, the specifics are yet to be seen on paper.

Despite the enforcement of the AI act being scheduled for 2026, partial applicability on certain topics is expected in the coming year. Beatriz emphasized the distinction between AI ethics and privacy, noting that while privacy focuses on individual rights— AI ethics encompasses broader human rights considerations.

As Europe navigates these regulatory and ethical landscapes, Ruiz-Beato highlighted the anticipation surrounding future developments in the next couple of months.

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