We encounter them every day on the Internet, whether it’s on Amazon, Google or other shopping sites: algorithms recommend other products we might be interested in. But although they are omnipresent, they are hardly an issue in courts so far. Nevertheless, two lawyers have thought about possible liability issues with these algorithms. In a recently published article they ask which conditions would have to be fulfilled in order to actually make the developer of an algorithm liable. For example, in case of an injury the “proximate cause” of the algorithm would have to be proven, which is difficult with software that only makes suggestions. What other conditions would have to be met can be found in the article on netlawreview.com.
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