Incident 336: UK Home Office's Sham Marriage Detection Algorithm Reportedly Flagged Certain Nationalities Disproportionately

Description: UK Home Office's opaque algorithm to detect sham marriages flagged some nationalities for investigation more than others, raising fears surrounding discrimination based on nationality and age.


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Alleged: UK Home Office developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed UK immigrant newlyweds.

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Khoa Lam


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