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FTC warning on unfair and illegal data collection

The FTC officially warns: Quietly changing your privacy policy to collect data for AI training is unfair, deceptive, and illegal.



➤ What happened


👉Companies have become “data hungry”. They sometimes start collecting user data for AI training and hide that fact in changes to their terms and conditions.


👉One example was an attempt by Zoom a few months ago.


👉Luiza Jarovsky wrote a great post about how Meta might also be collecting data for their AI, but not even saying so in their terms and conditions.



➤ What the FTC said


🏢They compare this data collection practice to non-AI companies. The practice is unfair, deceptive, and illegal, regardless of whether the company uses AI.


🏢The FTC promises to take action against companies that engage in this practice.



➤ Why this is important and good


😀People think that there isn’t AI regulation in the US because there isn’t an equivalent of the EU AI Act.


😀Not the case.


😀 Enforcing existing laws on AI-related cases is a key component of AI regulation. US federal agencies are leading the charge, once again.



➤ The disappointing


😕We need to start seeing more action to accompany the talk.


😕Go beyond threats. Open investigations and sue AI companies.


😕Include the public. Create easy ways for the public to report violators.



➤ What do other people think? Join the discussion on the LinkedIn thread.

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