Artificial intelligence (AI) tools that allow you to chat, create images or enhance your selfies are so much fun and amazing. But do we know what they do with our personal data?
It turns out that these generative AI tools, like ChatGPT, Dall-E, and Lensa, aren’t as innocent as they seem. In order to work, they need to collect and use user data, such as their texts, photos or videos. And many times they do it without asking permission or informing how they use them. In other words, the same risks that we run with social networks now we also face with AI tools. We haven’t figured out the first one yet. And now we also have to worry about the latter.
This can pose a serious risk to your privacy and security.. What happens if that data falls into the hands of governments or companies that want to spy on you, manipulate you or steal from you? What happens if they use your image to create fake videos or pornography without your consent? What happens if your identity or money is stolen?
It’s not science fiction, it’s already happened. There are cases of facial recognition companies selling their illegal databases to the police or the military. There are cases of deepfake scandals involving famous and anonymous people. There are cases of theft of bank accounts or social networks by impersonation.
There is no need to be paranoid about the issue of privacy on the internet. It is not that they are spying on us all the time, nor that they are going to kidnap us for knowing where we live. On the contrary, sometimes it is very useful for a platform to have our information. For example, if I want to order sushi at home, I should know where I am. Or if I want to see a movie, I like to recommend something according to my tastes. In many cases, we ourselves are the ones who share our information voluntarily. Because we want to show our professional talent, or because we like to make friends. In other words, the problem is not that our information is out there. The problem is who controls it. Who decides what to do with our data? Who protects us from misuse? That is the real debate.
Privacy has many implications, both personal and political. Privacy gives you the ability to manage your personal information, your social ties, your safety, and your well-being. Privacy also protects you from possible violations of authority by governments, companies or individuals who want to take advantage of your data for perverse purposes. It is a matter of sovereignty. Who has power over our personal information?
What is privacy? Why do we care? Is it something that only those who do bad things need? These are some of the questions we can ask ourselves about this very important topic.
Some people think that privacy is only for those who have something to hide. If you don’t owe it, you don’t fear it. That if you are an honest and transparent person, you do not care that they know everything about you. But this way of seeing things is very simplistic and dangerous.
Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is the ability to decide what information we want to share and with whom. It is the way to protect our privacy, our dignity, our freedom and our security. It is not about hiding bad things, but about respecting our own identity and that of others.
As the saying goes: we are owners of what we shut up and slaves of what we say. Therefore, taking care of our privacy is taking care of our well-being.
Privacy has many benefits that you may not know about or appreciate. It is not only about preventing them from spying on you or stealing your data, but also to enjoy your own life without interference or pressure.
For example, Privacy allows you to show different aspects of your personality depending on the context and the trust you have with each person. It is not the same to talk with your family, with your friends, with your partner or with your boss. Each one has a different image of you, and you can choose what you want to share with them. This way you avoid misunderstandings, conflicts and disappointments.
Another benefit of privacy is that it makes it easier for you to make life changes, overcome mistakes, and the right to be forgotten.. We all make mistakes, we change our minds, we evolve. We don’t want to be judged by what we did or said in the past, but by who we are now. Privacy gives us a chance to start over, without lugging around a heavy backpack of unwanted memories.
Besides, privacy provides us with security and relaxation. It allows us to have our own space where we can do what we like without fear of what they will say. We can sing, dance, read, meditate, or whatever makes us happy, without worrying about the judgment of others. Privacy is a way of taking care of ourselves and loving ourselves.
Privacy is not what you do when you close the bathroom door. Privacy is much more than that. ANDIt’s your right to keep secret what interests you, whether it’s your job, your health, your sexual orientation or your sock collection. Privacy protects you from bad guys who want to spy on you, trick you, rob you, or impersonate you. Privacy allows you to decide what you want to share and with whom, and also hold those who use your data to account. Privacy is essential to your dignity and your freedom. It’s not that you have something to hide, it’s that you have something to protect. So take care of your privacy and defend your rights in the digital age.
Privacy is an issue that often worries paranoids and radicals. Sometimes we think that they exaggerate and that there is nothing to fear. But what if they are somewhat right? Artificial intelligence tools and social networks are very useful, no one denies that. But they can also use our information for purposes that are not convenient for us. What if they spy on us, manipulate us, or sell us things we don’t need? Therefore, we must be vigilant and protect our personal data. It is not going to be that one day we regret having shared them so happily.
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