Reuters: Analysis: Chatbots in U.S. justice system raise bias, privacy concerns

May 10, 2022

“It raises a flag that the DOJ is going to move towards funding more automation,” said Ben Winters, a lawyer with the rights group the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which submitted a cautionary comment to the DOJ.

It urged the government to study the “very limited utility of chatbots, the potential dangers of over-reliance, and collateral consequences of widespread adoption.”

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the DOJ’s research arm, said it is simply gathering data in an effort to respond to developments in the criminal justice space and create “informative content” on emerging tech issues.

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