Artificial intelligence to be utilised in removing personal data from authorities' decisions

Ministry of Justice 25.2.2019 11.05
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In the coming years, it will be possible to remove personal data from decisions issued by authorities with the assistance of an automatic anonymisation tool. The objective is to improve the electronic availability of documents, for example for the purposes of decision-making and research.

The anonymisation tool being developed is based on the utilisation of language technology and artificial intelligence. Another application capable of describing the contents of documents will also be created to support the anonymisation process. The applications will be implemented in the Anoppi project led by the Ministry of Justice in 2019–2020.

The project focuses on the productisation of the applications and their introduction into use in the anonymisation of court decisions. The applications implemented in the course of the project are based on open source code, and they can in future be used in a larger scale for other purposes as well.

The applications will considerably improve the availability and usability of documents containing personal data, for example in decision-making and research. The introduction of the applications will enhance the openness and transparency of the public administration.

This week, demos of the applications will be presented in 'AI in Action', a side event of the Council of Europe's conference on artificial intelligence. The conference 'Governing the Game Changer’ will be held in Helsinki on 26–27 February 2019.

The Anoppi project is carried out by the Ministry of Justice together with the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG) of the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, and Edita Publishing Ltd.

Inquiries: Aki Hietanen, Head of Development, Ministry of Justice, tel. +358 2951 50510, email: [email protected]

Saara Packalén, Project Manager, Ministry of Justice, tel. +358 2951 50073, email: [email protected]

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