(NEWSnet/AP) — U.S. federal agencies must show that their artificial intelligence tools aren’t harming the public, or stop using them, under new rules unveiled by the White House on Thursday.

“When government agencies use AI tools, we will now require them to verify that those tools do not endanger the rights and safety of the American people,” Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters ahead of the announcement.

Each agency by December must have a set of safeguards that guide everything from facial recognition screenings at airports to AI tools that help control the electric grid or determine mortgages and home insurance.

The new policy also calls for federal agencies to hire a chief AI officer with the “experience, expertise and authority” to oversee all of the AI technologies used by that agency, Harris said. In addition, agencies must publically submit each year an inventory of their AI systems and an assessment of the risks they might pose.

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