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  • Writer's pictureRosie Burbidge

How is the UK Government affected by generative AI?

The UK Government has set out 10 principles for the safe, responsible and effective use of generative AI in government organisations in new Guidance. Whilst they are aimed at the UK Civil Service, they are a useful framework for all organisations. Generative AI is set to gain in influence and importance in the coming weeks and months. It will be fascinating to see how different businesses, including law, adapt to its opportunities and respond to any issues created.

The 10 principles concern:

  1. What generative AI is (and what its limitations are)

  2. How to use generative AI lawfully, ethically and responsibly

  3. How to keep generative AI tools secure

  4. Ensuring there is meaningful human control at the right stage

  5. Managing the full generative AI lifecycle

  6. Using the right tool for the job

  7. Working on an open and collaborative basis with generative AI

  8. Involving commercial colleagues from the start of projects involving Generative AI

  9. Gaining the skills and expertise needed to build and use generative AI

  10. Ensuring that existing policies are considered when working with Generative AI

The principles are discussed in more detail in the guidance, and there are even posters available for display in government organisations!

In the foreword to the guidance, the Government Chief Technology Officer David Knott said the expanded framework provides practical considerations for anyone planning or developing a generative AI solution:

“This framework aims to help readers understand generative AI, to guide anyone building generative AI solutions, and, most importantly, to lay out what must be taken into account to use generative AI safely and responsibly. It is based on a set of ten principles which should be borne in mind in all generative AI projects.”

He added that the guidance is “necessarily incomplete and dynamic”.

What does this mean?

While these principles and the more detailed guidance apply mainly to civil servants, they may also be relevant for other organisations who are considering how to use generational AI safely and securely in the workplace.

If you would like to discuss developing an AI corporate policy or to explore how generational AI can impact issues including IP management, please contact us.

To find out more about the issues raised in this blog contact Rosie Burbidge, Intellectual Property Partner at Gunnercooke LLP in London -


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