On August 6, 2020, Anna Gressel and Avi Gesser from Debevoise’s Data Strategy and Security Group, along with their special guest, Andrew Smith, the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, had an insightful conversation about the FTC’s recent guidance on Using Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms, including:

  • The FTC’s enforcement authority related to AI and automated decision-making technologies, including under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the FTC Act;
  • The importance of transparency and explainability in providing clear information to consumers about AI and automated decision-making;
  • The relationship between algorithmic bias and disparate impact claims, including under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act;
  • How companies can mitigate AI risks, including through AI risk assessments, testing, and model validation; and
  • The importance of implementing controls to prevent malicious use of AI technologies.

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Avi Gesser is a Debevoise cybersecurity and litigation partner. He is a member of the Debevoise Data Strategy & Security Group, as well as the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Avi has extensive experience advising on a wide range of cybersecurity matters, incident response issues, data strategy concerns and artificial intelligence risks. He can be reached at agesser@debevoise.com.


Anna R. Gressel is a senior commercial litigation associate at Debevoise and a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Data Strategy & Security groups. She actively advises clients on the legal and regulatory implications of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other emerging technologies. Her practice includes not only representing companies in regulatory inquiries concerning AI, but also assisting companies in developing AI principles and governance mechanisms. She can be reached at argressel@debevoise.com.