Here’s how to request your personal information no AI model for training Meta. “Request” is the key word here.
As Meta, the company behind Facebook, continues to develop its generative artificial intelligence tools, you can now request deletion of some of the personal data the company uses to train its artificial intelligence models. However, there are many caveats.
Earlier this year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to build a range of AI capabilities into Meta platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Despite the popularity of generative artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, the technology still has murky legal issues and many people are anxious about its rapid development.
Want to stop Meta from using all your information to improve its artificial intelligence? The company has added a new form to its help center called “Facebook’s AI-generated data subject rights.” Through this form, you can request Meta to allow you to access third-party data it uses for artificial intelligence development and to delete personal information. The key word here is “request”. The company does not guarantee that it will be deleted or that it will provide you with the information you have requested, even if it is yours.
It should be noted that this form does not refer to the vast amount of personal information Meta already collects from you on its platform; it only applies to external data that the company may bring in to enhance its generated artificial intelligence. This external data may include data elsewhere on the Internet and data purchased from third-party data brokers.
You do not need to be logged into your Facebook account to submit an opt-out request. All Facebook needs is your country of residence, full name, and email address. In my experience the site is very buggy on mobile and filling out the form is easier on my desktop. It took the company more than 24 hours to send a basic confirmation email saying it was “reviewing” [my] Require. “
For those in the US, it’s unclear if anything will happen when filling out this form. Data privacy laws protecting UK residents make this form even more valuable for those living in the UK. “Depending on where people live, they may be able to exercise their data subject rights and object to the use of certain data to train our AI models,” Meta spokesman Thomas Richards told Gizmodo. Meta did not respond Wired made multiple requests for comment.
A company blog post about Meta’s use of personal information to train AI further details its different methods of personal data collection, but details are scant: “In the European regions and the UK, we rely on the collection and processing of publicly available and any personal information contained in licensed sources to train our generative artificial intelligence models. For other applicable jurisdictions, we rely on sufficient legal grounds to collect and process such data.”
Just a few months ago, European regulators fined Meta $1.3 billion for misusing data originating in the UK.