A study published by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany outlines an AI-powered privacy tool designed to stop individuals from posting private information online, Vocativ reports. The Visual Privacy Advisor analyzes a user’s privacy preferences on their phone or computer, then alerts them whenever sensitive information, such as a medical prescription or bank account details, may be exposed when they post a picture onto social media. “Our model is trained to predict the user specific privacy risk and even outperforms the judgment of the users, who often fail to follow their own privacy preferences,” the researchers wrote in a recent paper. “In fact — as our study shows — people frequently misjudge the privacy relevant information content in an image — which leads to failure of enforcing their own privacy preferences.”
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