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If your data was used to train an AI, it might – or might not – be safe from prying eyes. ValeryBrozhinsky/iStock via Getty Images

Here’s how machine learning can violate your privacy

A data privacy expert explains how machine learning algorithms draw inferences and how that leads to privacy concerns.
The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., houses the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci

Section 702 foreign surveillance law lives on, but privacy fight continues

Privacy advocates lost out when Congress reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act without major reforms. But the renewal fight returns in 2 years.
Social interactions with parents, friends and teachers can have profound impacts on a child’s learning, development and understanding. What if some of those interactions are with AI systems? (Shutterstock)

AI products for kids promising friendship and learning? 3 things to consider

Before charging ahead to a world of AI babysitters and teacher or companion robots, we should consider this technology carefully to assess its appropriateness in children’s lives.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre took questions on the day the Biden administration announced an executive order that puts personal data privacy in a national security context. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Biden executive order on sensitive personal information does little for now to curb data market – but spotlights the threat the market poses

The dangers posed by the largely unregulated commercial data market prompted the Biden administration to try to prevent adversarial countries from exploiting Americans’ sensitive personal data.
Almost every website — both for-profit and not-for-profit — commodifies user data. (Shutterstock)

To protect user privacy online, governments need to reconsider their use of opt-in policies

New research shows that opt-in policies may not be as effective as intended when it comes to data protection and privacy regulations.

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