How to stop Meta from using some of your personal data to train generative AI models

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Facebook users are now able to delete some personal information that can be used by the company in the training of generative artificial intelligence models.

Meta updated the Facebook help center resource section on its website this week to include a form titled “Generative AI Data Subject Rights,” which allows users to “submit requests related to your third party information being used for generative AI model training. The company added the tool to its website as generative AI technology has taken off in tech. Companies are creating advanced chatbots, and transforming simple text into sophisticated images and answers. Meta gives people the choice to view, edit or delete their personal data from the third-party sources that the company uses for its AI and large language models. The company claims that this type of information can be used as part of “billions” of pieces of data to train AI models which “use patterns and predictions to create new content.” Meta said that blog posts can include personal information, such as someone’s name and contact information. Meta stated that blog posts can contain personal information such as a person’s name or contact information. The form does not account for the user’s activities on Meta-owned sites, including Facebook comments and Instagram photos. A Meta spokesperson confirmed that the Llama 2 large language model was “not trained using Meta user data” and the company hasn’t launched Generative AI features for consumers on its systems. “

“Depending on where people live, they may be able to exercise their data subject rights and object to certain data being used to train our AI models,” the spokesperson added, referring to various data privacy rules outside the U.S. that give consumers more control over how their personal data can be used by tech firms.

Like many tech peers, including

Microsoft

, OpenAI and Google parent

Alphabet

, Meta gathers enormous quantities of third-party data to train its models and related AI software.

“To train effective models to unlock these advancements, a significant amount of information is needed from publicly available and licensed sources,” Meta said in the blog post. The company said that using licensed data and public information is in its best interest. It also pledged to be transparent about how it processes this information. Recently, however, data privacy advocates have questioned how AI models are trained by aggregating large amounts of publicly-available information. The letter was sent to remind tech and social media companies that they must comply with various privacy and data protection laws across the globe. It also reminded them to protect the personal information that is accessible on their website from data scraping. ““Individuals can also take steps to protect their personal information from data scraping, and social media companies have a role to play in enabling users to engage with their services in a privacy protective manner,” the group said in the statement.Here’s how you can delete some of your Facebook data used for training generative AI models:Go to the “Generative AI Data Subject Rights” form on Meta’s privacy policy page about generative AI.Click the link for “Learn more and submit requests here. Choose from the three options Meta says best describes your concern or objection. The first option allows users to download or correct their personal data gathered from third-party data sources used for training generative AI models. The second option allows them to delete all of their personal data from the third-party sources that are used for training. Third option is available for those who “have another issue”. Some users have reported

that they are unable to complete the form due to what appears as a software bug. Some users have

that they’re unable to finish completing the form because of what appears to be a software bug.

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