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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

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The Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act requires employers to inform applicants when artificial intelligence is used for this purpose, and to explain how it works.

Companies in Illinois now must explain to job candidates why artificial intelligence did, or did not, choose them for the position.


A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence (AI) to screen video interviews.

The AI analyzes applicants' facial expressions, tone, and language, and many underlying algorithms are not explained by their designers; critics say this leads to biased assessments.

Under the Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act, employers must inform applicants when AI will be used for this purpose, and explain the algorithms' workings.

Companies must secure permission from applicants before using such AI, and cannot share submitted videos except with "persons whose expertise or technology" are necessary to screen interviewees.

Applicants also can request the videos' destruction, and employers have 30 days to comply.

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
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