Meta must provide transparent, easy opt-out for data mining
  1. United States
  2. N.Y.
  3. Letter

Meta must provide transparent, easy opt-out for data mining

To: Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. D'Esposito, Pres. Biden

From: A constituent in Oceanside, NY

May 31

This issue with Meta (Facebook/Instagram's parent company) mining user data to train artificial intelligence models without proper consent is deeply concerning. While technological advancement is important, it should not come at the expense of exploiting user privacy and autonomy. Meta claims this practice aligns with local laws, but their deceptive user experience makes opting out needlessly difficult, especially for non-EU users who cannot opt out at all. The confusing language, extra steps like email verification, and CAPTCHA challenges create unnecessary friction designed to dissuade users from exercising their rights. A straightforward opt-out process with clear messaging would be more ethical. Instead, Meta prioritizes its interests over user consent and control over personal data. This betrays the original spirit of Instagram as a creative platform. I urge you to call on Meta to provide a transparent, Easy opt-out for all users globally regarding this form of data mining. Individuals should maintain sovereignty over how their content is used, especially for corporate profit motives. Ethical tech companies respect user choice; Meta must do better.

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