AI, artificial intelligence, is super cool. But it’s not perfect, and it can get you into trouble. Start by reading the terms of service. Understand if you’re getting something for free, you get what you pay for. And finally, be careful.

ChatGPT, Microsoft Copilot, and all the new, exciting versions of artificial intelligence, AI, are exciting. But have you read the “terms of service?” Guest Daniel Whitehouse is a lawyer who practices in the areas of IT and digital security. He says even lawyers forget to read (really read) the terms. And that’s a mistake.

Do you know who owns the data you input? Is it being absorbed into the AI’s own machine learning and shared with the public? Broadcasting your information into the world, for everyone to see, can be as easy as a checkbox you clicked on.

Not to make you paranoid, but … be a bit paranoid. Even if you’re using Microsoft 365 and OneDrive, do you know if you’re using the professional or personal version (hint: there is a difference).

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  • AI is a miracle but remember, it’s a “continuous learning model.” What is it learning from you? What are you sharing with these products?
  • If you can’t find something you’re looking for in the terms of service, ask why that information is so hard to find. Be suspicious. Terms and service provisions should be clear and easy to read.
  • Understanding how AI uses information, and how accurate it is, is especially vital in the legal world. 

Mentioned in this Episode:

Previous appearance on New Solo: “Did You Really Read Those Terms of Service?” 

Previous appearance on New Solo: “Data Security and Florida Breach Notification Law”

Bob Ambrogi, LawNext.Com

Damien Riehl, LinkedIn 

Carolyn Elefant, My Shingle 

Microsoft 365

Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft Copilot, “Announcing Microsoft Copilot, Your Everyday AI Companion”

Copilot for Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Copilot

Windows Security Center

Microsoft Defender XDR