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Huawei Holds First AI Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Forum in Brussels

[Brussels, Belgium, October 10, 2019] Recently, Huawei held the first AI Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Forum at its Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, Belgium, calling on governments, standards organizations, and the industry to work together to drive the security, trustworthiness, and development of AI and provide AI products and services that can ensure security and privacy.

"AI is already impacting positively on the lives of a majority of people in the EU," said Bob Xie, Director of the Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels. "But while AI brings substantial opportunities and benefits, it also faces challenges in security and privacy protection as it becomes more ubiquitous. We in the ICT industry must foster the trust that will allow Europeans to benefit fully from AI technology," he emphasized.

Joerg Thomas, Huawei's EU Data Protection Officer, introduced Huawei's privacy protection practices in his keynote speech. He conveyed that Huawei's privacy protection practices cover the management and operation mechanism of personal data throughout its lifecycle. These practices have incorporated Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default into business processes and ensure transparent collection and use of personal data in business activities.

Dr. Frank De Jonghe, Partner and EMEIA FSO Quantitative & Analytics Services Leader at Ernst & Young, introduced Ernst & Young's practices on trustworthy AI and how to avoid model bias in the financial sector. Dr. Jonghe said, "We need to embed the principles of trust to be able to make the best out of the potential offered by AI."

Kevin Wang, senior privacy protection expert at Huawei, introduced Huawei's AI security and privacy protection governance framework. He mentioned, "AI products and applications are part of a comprehensive ecosystem and encompass a wide range of market participants. It is therefore difficult for any single party to address complex AI security and privacy threats and risks alone. All parties shall work together for the healthy development of AI."

To conclude the forum, Bob Xie presented Huawei's Thinking Ahead About AI Security and Privacy Protection white paper. He said, "The seven principles and shared responsibility model proposed by Huawei are key to supporting the implementation of the EU's trustworthy AI."

Bob Xie

Bob Xie, Director of Huawei Cyber Security Transparency Centre in Brussels, presenting the Thinking Ahead About AI Security and Privacy Protection white paper

At the panel discussion moderated by Dr. Thorsten Jelinek, Europe Director of the Taihe Institute, Kevin Wang, KU Leuven University Professor Bart Preneel, Sophie Revol, an attorney and data protection specialist at Ernst & Young, and David Mudd, Global Digital & Connected Product Certification Director at the British Standards Institution, shared their views on the biggest challenge facing AI from the perspectives of industry, standards, policies, and academia.

This was Huawei's first AI Cyber Security and Privacy Protection Forum in Brussels. The attendees all agreed that the Forum would serve as a link between trustworthy AI and inclusive AI to drive the rapid and healthy development of AI. Huawei advocates a regular cooperation mechanism to strengthen communication and develop practices together to build an open, transparent, and cooperative platform.

Download the Thinking Ahead About AI Security and Privacy Protection white paper.