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Companies are collecting personal data for AI use – is this a privacy bridge too far?

We discuss the potential challenges the next level of digital data raises.


Companies are beginning to collect personal data for generative AI use. Is that too far?


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Application permissions, cameras, microphones, scanned payments — there's so much of day-to-day life in Houston already built on digital information about us. Now, companies are beginning to collect personal data for generative AI use.

Last month, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity focused its Annual Privacy Forum on the challenges raised by the fast-developing world of generative AI.

How much of our personal data is out there? Have we already given it all away? And what can we — or should we — claw back?

In the audio above, we ask those questions of Chris Bronk, a cybersecurity expert and associate professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, and Lucas Logan, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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