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Statutory footing for data ethics centre tabled for 2020

Lack of legislative time in the UK parliament means that the newly established Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will not be given statutory footing until at least 2020, its chair has said.

Speaking at a House of Commons Science and Technology hearing on 5 February, Roger Taylor said the aim was to give the centre statutory powers at the “earliest possible opportunity”. Launched on 20 November 2018, the centre aims to identify the measures needed to strengthen and improve the way data and artificial intelligence are used and regulated.

“There’s not a lot of legislative time available at the moment,” Taylor, who is the founder of healthcare data firm Dr Foster, said. “We’re hoping to address this early in 2020.”

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