Nov 27, 2023

Ashkan Soltani and the CPPA Giving Californians an Out on AI

From Politico

Giving Californians an out on AI

By Blake Jones

TUNE IN, OPT OUT: Artificial intelligence can help decide whether you get a jobbank loan or housing — but such uses of the technology could soon be limited in California.

Regulations proposed today would allow Californians to opt out of allowing their data to be used in that sort of automated decision making. The draft rules, floated by the California Privacy Protection Agency, would also let people request information on how automated decisions about them were made.

“Automated decision making technologies and artificial intelligence have the potential to transform key aspects of our lives,” Ashkan Soltani, the CPPA’s executive director, said in a statement. “We’re proud that California is meeting the moment by giving consumers more control over these technologies...”


Ashkan Soltani (MIMS 2009) has previously served a brief stint as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

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November 29, 2023