Compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become a source of concern for many companies. In fact, due to their nature and sensitivity, data protection policies need to be adapted – to a very high level of detail – in each individual case. However, being written in natural language, they often reflect some of its problems, such as ambiguity, incompleteness, and inconsistency.
Checking policy compliance is a complex, time-consuming, and labour-intensive task, in which even the tiniest mistake can have far-reaching consequences. For businesses, that includes fines in the order of millions of euros. As companies worldwide struggle with GDPR compliance, there is an important need for cost-effective methods that can help them manage it more efficiently.
A cooperation between SnT and global law firm Linklaters, launched in 2020 with the support of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), is pushing the envelope in natural language processing research to help bring sophisticated data privacy compliance automation tools to an industry that desperately needs them by making AI even smarter.
“The solution we developed uses artificial intelligence and, in particular, a combination of natural language processing and machine learning. This means that we don’t represent words as textual entities, but use word embeddings. These are mathematical vectors that are generated with deep learning to represent syntactical and semantical characteristics of the sentence. This process provides the tool with a certain ‘understanding’ of the text,” says Dr. Abualhaija. It is this understanding that makes the Comp AI tool really unique.
While CompAI is an impressive and much needed addition to the toolbox of any company concerned about GDPR compliance, it is just the first of many tools the ARTAGO project has set out to develop. “We are now working on data processing agreements, which represent the next stage of our project,” said Abualhajia, the ARTAGO Project Lead. “It is inspiring to be working on solutions that will one day help to protect the privacy of millions of users,” she added. “We are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative together with SnT,” said Patrick Geortay, managing partner, Linklaters LLP Luxembourg,” and to take this step towards integrating AI in the future of legal practice.”