Microsoft, like many other technology companies, regularly updates its Terms of Service. However, in recent days, Microsoft has generated concern among its users due to the latest changes to be introduced in said document, which They will enter into force at the end of this month.September 30th.
Apparently, the ambiguity of the new clauses suggests the possibility that the company is planning to use the personal data collected from users (of products and platforms as popular as Windows, Office, Teams, Skype or Xbox) to train your own AI models.
This uncertainty has led Mozilla to hire nine privacy experts, including privacy lawyers and activists, to review Microsoft’s new terms of service. The only conclusion they could come to is that these legal terms are difficult to understand even for experts —let’s not talk about the user on foot, the one most affected by the potential change—.
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The only clear thing is that nothing is clear
This, of course, raises concerns about the clarity and transparency of Microsoft’s privacy policies, and has led Mozilla to launch a petition addressed to the Redmond company in which requires them to be clearer about their intentions and explain if you plan to use user data for AI training purposes.
This is what the full petition description says:
Ask Microsoft: Are you using our personal data to train AI?
Four lawyers, three privacy experts, and two activists looked at Microsoft’s new Service Agreement, which goes into effect on September 30, and none of our experts could say whether Microsoft plans to use your personal data, including audio, video, and chat and Attachments from 130 products, including Office, Skype, Teams, and Xbox, to train your AI models.
If nine privacy experts can’t figure out what Microsoft does with your data, what chance does the average person have? That is why we ask Microsoft to say if they are going to use our personal data to train their AI.
Until now, Microsoft has not provided a definitive answer. about his intentions. The ambiguity of its terms of service has created uncertainty among users, who wonder if their personal data could be used without their consent to improve the company’s AI models.
This case raises a fundamental debate about data privacy in the digital age. As tech companies continue to develop new models of artificial intelligence, it becomes crucial that users understand – or at least can understand – how their personal data is used.
Note: From Genbeta we have contacted Microsoft to clarify this same matter. We will incorporate your response into this article when it occurs.
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