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Meta is under fire as privacy advocates and regulatory bodies raise concerns about the company’s latest plan to harness public data for training its artificial intelligence (AI) models. Notably, the privacy advocacy group NOYB (None of Your Business) has filed 11 complaints against Meta, questioning the morality and legality of exploiting users’ private information for public purposes without their express, clear authorization. With effect from June 26, recent modifications to Meta’s privacy policy will allow the business to use publicly accessible internet posts and images, including those of people without Meta accounts for artificial intelligence training. Meaning that even if you are not on any Meta platform, but you appear in a post by one of your friends, your data might be fed to Meta’s AI. This action has led to a contentious discussion about user rights and data privacy.

Despite Meta’s assertion that its methods of data usage are lawful, the company faces significant opposition. The Irish privacy regulator has advised Meta to delay its data scraping plans, while Britain’s Information Commissioner has also expressed concerns. NOYB argues that the process to opt out of data collection is misleading and not user-friendly, emphasizing that the law requires clear opt-in consent rather than hidden,  opt-out options. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in 2021 that Meta did not have a legitimate interest to trump users’ right to data privacy for advertising purposes, supporting this position. However, Meta appears to be ignoring this criticism and moving forward with its contentious policy modifications.

The dispute prompted broader questions about the balance between innovation and privacy which is one of Meta’s arguments that the rules and the law are blocking innovation. Critics argue that Meta’s approach to using personal data for AI training without explicit consent is akin to the practices of Clearview AI, which faced backlash for scraping data from social media. While Meta contends that this data usage is necessary for advancement of AI technology, privacy advocates warn that it undermines user trust and violates fundamental rights. As the debate continues, staying informed and vigilant is crucial for users to protect their privacy in rapidly changing digital environment. 




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