The Chief Executive of Microsoft has called for uniform regulations worldwide covering privacy and information security.
“One thing I hope for is that we don’t fragment, that we are able to, whether it’s on privacy or data safety, bring together a set of global rules that will allow all of us to both comply and make sure that what we build is safe to use,” Satya Nadella was quoted as saying in the Indian media.
“After all, we have food safety laws. We have drug safety laws. There will be similarly, I think, rules and regulations [on data].” He was commenting in a virtual interactive session with Telangana state’s information technology and industry minister K T Rama Rao at the BioAsia 2021 event.
Highlighting the online privacy-focused Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Nadella said: “It’s spreading everywhere. Privacy is a human right. I think it is going to be recognised and there will be other regulations which are going to say that when you use in healthcare, for example, data, who is benefitting.”
The same will apply to facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, he added.
The executive described technology as becoming pervasive in people’s lives, society and economy.
He said companies building tech platforms and tools “need to take responsibility to ensure we build for privacy, we build for security, we build for AI ethics and we build even for internet safety because these four things are not things we can wait even for regulation.”
“We have to, even from an engineering and design ethos perspective, build it into our core. We can’t afford to say we will build it and we will see what breaks and then fix it, because that attitude is not tolerated in any other industry and it should not be even in the tech industry,” he said.
“One of the things we are trying to ensure is how do we have that design principles and engineering processes to ensure that the products and the services are respecting privacy, security, AI ethics as well as the fundamental internet safety. But, beyond that, there will be regulation.”