Amsterdam wants to use a new algorithm to detect illegal vacation rentals faster. The municipality will start a trial in the coming months.
This concerns homes that are illegally rented out to tourists. Amsterdam is currently hiring employees to determine with the help of "municipal and public information" where such housing fraud takes place.
The algorithm must find out for each reported address how likely it is that housing fraud will actually occur. If that is the case, the municipality will engage an employee to conduct further investigations.
The test will last ten weeks.
The municipality claims to be aware of the privacy concerns surrounding such algorithms. Rather, the SyRI algorithm, which was to determine the likelihood of someone committing allowance and benefit fraud, was referred to the trash by the judge.
This algorithm was "in violation of human rights," the judge said. SyRI would also "have unintended stigmatizing and discriminatory effects" and have access to too much personal information from citizens.
According to the municipality of Amsterdam, the new algorithm has been submitted to the privacy commission. NU.nl has asked the municipality for documents about the privacy measures that have been taken.
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