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From AI bots to user data: is there space for rights in the metaverse?

Digital spaces are raising privacy and ownership questions, with experts urging regulators to widen safeguards

Sonia Elks

From virtual goods to AI-powered avatars that can be hired out by companies, a fast-growing digital world is pushing ownership and privacy rights into uncharted territory.

Facebook’s recent announcement that it is investing heavily in the so-called metaverse, a virtual environment where people can meet, play and collaborate, is fuelling debate about how to protect basic rights as more and more activities move online.

“What Facebook and, in all fairness, all companies want is to keep people on the platform for as long as possible so they can learn things about you,” said Sandra Wachter, an associate professor at the Oxford Internet Institute at the UK’s University of Oxford...

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