Meta and beyond, how to prevent big tech from training artificial intelligence with our data

Meta and beyond, how to prevent big tech from training artificial intelligence with our data
Meta and beyond, how to prevent big tech from training artificial intelligence with our data

A further reason to oppose it could be, simply, that we do not want our data to be used. Without needing to provide further explanations. On the other hand, it’s our information and we should theoretically be able to do whatever we want with it

Before seeing how to oppose this use of datait must be said that on June 14th Meta had to pause its project within the European Union due to the request sent by Irish Privacy Commissioner (the competent institution for Europe, Meta having its European headquarters there), which wants to see more clearly. It’s just a break, though. If you still want to protect yourself in the meantime, here’s how to do it.

How to block Facebook’s AI

If you have a Facebook account you must go to this link and fill out the appropriate form. In addition to indicating the country of residence, we are asked to explain what impact data processing has on us. Here, of course, everyone must decide what to write. For example, an artist who publishes his works on social media may not want them to be used to train an artificial intelligence, perhaps for copyright reasons. A second box, this time optional, asks instead “provide further information”.

Within a few days you should receive a response from Meta, who will inform you of the decision regarding your request. Filling out the form does not guarantee that your data will not be used, because Meta reserves the last word (it is hoped that the Privacy Guarantor will impose a revision of this clause).

Even if the objection request is granted, this does not mean that you are completely safe. As Meta himself explains, “We could still negotiate the information concerning you to develop and improve artificial intelligence on Meta, even if you object to or do not use our Products and Services. For example, this could happen if you or your information: appears in a shared image about our Products or services by someone who uses them; you are mentioned in posts or captions that someone else shares about our Products and Services”.

Not only that, Meta reports that if our request is accepted it will is applied from that moment on. Does this mean that everything we published before our opposition can still be used? If this were the case, it would be very serious, given that many of us use it Facebook and Instagram for over a decade. However, Meta is not the only company which uses the data collected through its platforms to train artificial intelligence systems.

Adobe

As reported on the site, “Adobe analyzes your content using techniques such as machine learning in order to improve our products and services. This analysis may occur when content is uploaded, sent, received, or stored using Adobe’s servers.”. More information here.

 
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