"Data ethics for industry must follow its own rules."

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Professor Claus Oetter, Managing Director of VDMA Software and Digitisation, calls for a stronger possibility of differentiation for industry at the meeting of the Data Ethics Commission and the question of an ethical design of society.

"Data-based business models are a focus of industrial value creation in the future. Even in a data-based economy, ethical questions are of fundamental importance. However, data ethics issues are not equally relevant in all industrial applications. Here a stronger differentiation must be possible, also against the background of the use of artificial intelligence. It makes a significant difference whether data is used to optimize a manufacturing process in a machine or, for example, to create a medical diagnosis. In addition, there are already numerous regulations and guidelines regarding safety, health protection and product liability which machine manufacturers must comply with today and which also apply to the use of new technologies.

"It makes a significant difference whether data is used to optimize a manufacturing process in a machine or, for example, to create a medical diagnosis."

Data-based business models require clear and practical regulations and guidelines. The industry therefore needs its own regulations that meet the specific requirements of the B2B sector. Regulatory approaches applied in the consumer sector are not practical for B2B business models. From the point of view of the VDMA, this perspective must be sufficiently taken into account in the further course of the social debate".