French President Emmanuel Macron pushed the U.S. Congress Wednesday to bring about legislation that regulates “data protection” by harnessing “the best of today’s revolutions in digital data and artificial intelligence.”
“We wrote these rules. We should follow them,” Macron said during a joint session at the U.S. Capitol.
“I believe we can address our citizens’ concerns regarding privacy and personal data,” he continued. “The recent Facebook hearings highlight the necessity to preserve our citizens’ digital rights all over the world and protect the confidence in today’s digital truth of life.”
“The European Union passed a new regulation for data protection. I believe the United States and the European Union should cooperate to find the right balance between innovation and ethics and harness the best of today’s revolutions in digital data and artificial intelligence.”
Macron’s comments echo those made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg while testifying before Congress. He repeatedly suggested using artificial intelligence to solve a variety of online issues, ranging from personal data protection to policing hate speech.