Germans seem to be skeptical when it comes to algorithms. According to the TÜV Association , although algorithms may be able to assist people with decisions or relieve them of tasks, faulty systems could disadvantage certain groups of people or cause automated driving accidents. "In addition, as with all networked systems, there is a risk of cyberattacks."
In a representative survey conducted by the Forsa Institute , the TÜV Association asked 1,004 Internet users between the ages of 18 and 65 about checking algorithms, which a large majority of 83% was generally in favor of. 88% considered independent testing to be "absolutely essential" for safety-critical systems such as power plants or elevators, while 86% saw such testing as "urgently needed" for automated functions in vehicles. 72% also saw a corresponding necessity for intelligently controlled machines, for example in industrial production. According to the TÜV Association, however, such tests require new test procedures and appropriate legal foundations.
An independent check is still facing major obstacles. As heise.de reports from a panel of experts , many companies regard their algorithms as a trade secret. A seal alone could also give people a dangerously false sense of security. Control, transparency and liability issues need to be clarified.