Some Mobile Apps Collect Excessive Consumer Data: Appthority Study

We’ve definitely entered the piling on stage of complaints about Facebook. For example, Appthority headlined its press release about data access permissions in iOS apps with “In Wake of Facebook Debacle” even though Facebook had nothing to do with the products it analyzed. Indeed, their finding that some apps collect large amounts of personal data seems both unsurprising and alarmist. They report that 24,000 apps openly ask permissions for “excessive” data collection and then casually mention this among more than two million apps examined – that is, just 1% of the total. That sounds like good news to me.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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