Scandal: Google’s AI is going to read all your private messages

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Google Bard AI

It seems that there is not a day of peace regarding the implementation of AI in our lives. If it seemed that the arrival of Artificial Intelligence assistants in messaging applications could be a window to more inspired writing, it turns out that they can end up being a gateway for someone to spy on us.

This integration of chat and messaging with generative AI will transform texting platforms forever. However, it will also put new challenges on the table regarding the risk we run in privacy issues.

Privacy at risk with Google AI

Google has spent two years pushing its Messages app as the default Android alternative to Apple’s iMessage. This has included end-to-end encryption and RCS by default, and multiple feature releases. Now, once this is done, comes a AI upgrade that connects Messages users with Google, not just each other.

Google Bard Artificial Intelligence

The new functionality, under the guise of helping you using AI, shows its darker side in terms of privacy. Google’s AI will always read and analyze your private messages. The arrival of Bard to the Google Messages app is supposed to serve as a AI assistant which can perform functions such as “improve your messaging experience, from facilitating communication to improving creativity and providing information.”

The hidden side is that analyzing the small print we see that also spy on your private messages for purposes such as studying the private content of messages “to understand the context of your conversations, your tone and your interests”. It also analyzes the supposed feeling that you bring to your communications, “to adapt your responses to your mood”. As for the message history, it reviews it from beginning to end to «analyze your message history with different contacts to understand the dynamics of your relationship and personalize responses depending on who you are talking to».

Why do they read our messages?

As we see, everything is hidden behind providing a more personalized experience for the user, since by studying how the user communicates, the suggestions that Bard provides regarding messaging between people may be more natural, but It is worrying how far they can read and how private those conversations are.

Bard integration with Google apps

As if that were not enough, there is another privacy problem: you are literally sending a copy of the messages to Google itself. When you send messages with Bard, they are also sent to the cloud for processing, and in this case they fall outside of Google Messages’ default end-to-end encryption. They can be seen by the technology giant’s operators and treated anonymously for training and training functions.

As they are stored for at least 18 months, manual disposal is available. As with all generative AI chatbots, including ChatGPT, you must assume that everything you ask is not private. The ideal would be on-device AI processing, where the data never leaves your phone, rather than content uploaded to the cloud, where it can be made available to who knows who.

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