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CDU EXPERT: Apple’s changes put users at security and private risk, expert says

Charles Darwin University 2 mins read

12 JUNE, 2024

Who: Charles Darwin University Artificial Intelligence expert Associate Professor Niusha Shafiabady


  • Apple’s new Artificial Intelligence updates
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, data analysis, modelling, deep learning and more. 

Contact details: Call +61 8 8946 6721 or email to arrange an interview.

Quotes attributable to Associate Professor Niusha Shafiabady:

“Collecting information and data from each user’s communications and contacts and feeding it to an AI engine to produce personalised content to that person puts people at more security and privacy risk. This risk would not come from the OpenAI deal directly but from collecting data from different sources for each user and potentially entering it to the OpenAI tool. Of course, entering the data to the generative AI tool like ChatGPT would create a privacy breach. The data used for the engine which could potentially be used as training data for the generative AI will become public domain data. This means people will lose their privacy and it could create another bridge for crossing over people’s security if accessed by malicious actors.

“Personal Intelligence, as the Apple CEO calls, is nothing but Artificial Intelligence applied to identify one’s behaviour patterns. I have written and mentioned in the previous articles the importance of people’s familiarising themselves with the AI concepts to be able to distinguish and analyse the contents they read in the news and come across in different platforms.

“AI to be used to identify the patterns is not something new. It has been used for this purpose and similar ones before. Users are right to have concerns about their security. Using and collecting data from emails and different sources of communication opens another door to security risks for the users. The users should decide how much they get out of these technologies in trading their privacy and security.

“These updates aren’t revolutionary. Using the ChatGPT’s engine as content producer, creating a text to speech on top of that content is very simple. Even we were writing these types of codes when we were students 20+ years ago. It is nothing eye-catching technology wise, and personalising content is a relatively old concept.”

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