Snap AI Chatbot Investigation in UK Over Teen Privacy Concerns – CNBC
Snap Inc., the parent company of popular social media platform Snapchat, is facing an investigation in the United Kingdom over concerns regarding the privacy of teenagers using its AI chatbot feature. The investigation, led by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), aims to determine whether Snap Inc. has adequately protected the personal data of its young users.
The AI chatbot, known as “Snapchat’s Safetyville,” was introduced by Snap Inc. as a tool to educate and engage teenagers on various topics, including online safety, mental health, and bullying. However, concerns have been raised about the collection and use of personal data by the chatbot, particularly in relation to teenagers who may be more vulnerable to privacy breaches.
The ICO’s investigation will focus on whether Snap Inc. has obtained appropriate consent from teenagers and their parents or guardians for the collection and processing of their personal data. It will also examine the security measures in place to