Zoom's scrapped proposal to mine user data causes concern about our virtual and private Indigenous Knowledge

TORONTO, Ont.-Zoom recently attempted to rewrite its Terms of Service with ambiguous language that would permit the extraction of user data for the purpose of training AI.

However, after public pushback, Zoom began to rectify that clause the very next day, fully committing to a "no AI training" set of policies by Aug. 11.

Even though Zoom pedalled back this time, their drive to gather data highlights the possibility of future hidden data extraction by them and other big tech companies.

More specifically, as a researcher working with and looking at Indigenous communities and their data, I am co...