June 9, 2024
Meta Faces Complaints in European Union Over AI Data Usage

Meta Faces Complaints in European Union Over AI Data Usage

On June 5, Meta Platforms received 11 complaints regarding proposed changes to its use of personal data for training artificial intelligence (AI) models without obtaining user consent. These changes could potentially violate European Union (EU) privacy regulations.

The complaints were filed by the privacy advocacy group None of Your Business (NYOB), which called on national privacy watchdogs in various countries to take immediate action to halt Meta’s changes. The complaints were lodged in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Spain.

Allegations Against Meta’s Privacy Policy Changes

The complaints allege that Meta’s recent privacy policy changes, which are set to take effect on June 26, will enable the company to utilize years of personal posts, private images, and online tracking data for its AI technology. NYOB has requested urgent reviews from data protection authorities in the 11 affected countries due to the imminent nature of these changes. According to NYOB, Meta’s updated privacy policy justifies the use of user data for training and developing its generative AI models and other AI tools by citing a legitimate interest. This data can also be shared with third parties.

Source: None of Your Business

These policy changes are set to impact millions of European users, preventing them from removing their data once it is integrated into the system. NYOB has a history of filing complaints against Meta and other Big Tech companies for alleged breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The GDPR allows for fines of up to 4% of a company’s total global turnover for violations.

Legal and Ethical Concerns

Max Schrems, founder of NYOB, highlighted a landmark decision by the European Court of Justice in 2021 on a related issue, suggesting it should guide the response to Meta’s proposed data usage. Schrems stated, “It’s entirely unreasonable to entrust users with the responsibility to protect their privacy.” He emphasized that the law requires Meta to obtain explicit consent from users rather than providing a hidden and misleading opt-out option. Schrems argued that Meta must directly ask for permission if it intends to use users’ data, rather than making users request exclusion from data usage.

“The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has already made it clear that Meta has no ‘legitimate interest’ to override users’ right to data protection when it comes to advertising… It seems that Meta is once again blatantly ignoring the judgments of the CJEU.”

This situation is reminiscent of a lawsuit filed against Google in July 2023 on similar grounds. Google’s updated privacy policy led to accusations of misusing large amounts of data, including copyrighted material, in its AI training.

In summary, Meta is under scrutiny for its proposed changes to how it uses personal data to train AI models, with NYOB filing complaints in multiple European countries. The outcome of these complaints and the response from data protection authorities could have significant implications for the company’s operations and user privacy rights in the European Union.

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