How to object to Meta AI using our data without explicit consent

In a recent critique, the European Center for Digital Rights (NOYB) accused Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, of using personal data from its users to train artificial intelligence (AI) without explicit consent. NOYB urged European privacy authorities to take immediate action against this move. The new privacy policy of Meta, effective June 26, allows for the use of personal posts, private images, and tracking data for AI development.

In response to these allegations, Meta defended its actions by stating that it only uses publicly available and licensed information as well as data shared on its platforms to train AI. The company believed that their approach was compliant with privacy laws and similar to practices of other technology firms like Google and OpenAI. However, Max Schrems, founder of NOYB disagreed with Meta’s stance. He referenced a 2021 ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union which rejected Meta’s argument that “legitimate interest” could override users’ data protection rights. Schrems emphasized the need for explicit permission from users before their personal data can be used for AI training.

Users have the option to object to the use of their personal data for AI training by following a specific procedure outlined by Meta. This involves locating and clicking on the “right to object” link in emails from Meta regarding updated privacy policies or accessing the settings within Facebook or Instagram apps. Once initiated, users must provide their country of residence, email address and a verification code to complete the form. This objection must be submitted by June 26th, 2024 and does not impact any data collected before this date. As of now, Meta has stated that they have no plans to utilize private WhatsApp or Messenger conversations for AI training.

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