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Google probes handling of sensitive data by its team member

Alphabet Inc's Google on Jan 20 launched an investigation into handling of sensitive data by a...

👤 H K Badal20 Jan 2021 2:30 PM GMT
Google probes handling of sensitive data by its team member
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Alphabet Inc's Google on Jan 20 launched an investigation into handling of sensitive data by a member of its ethical AI team.

The company said it has locked the corporate account linked to that person after finding that thousands of files were retrieved from its server and shared with external accounts.

Axios, which first reported the latest investigation around a member of Google's AI team, said Margaret Mitchell had been using automated scripts to look through her messages to find examples showing discriminatory treatment of Timnit Gebru, a former employee in the AI team who was fired. (https://bit.ly/3nXM8oV)

Gebru, who is Black, was a top AI ethics researcher at Google and was fired in December. While Gebru claimed she was sacked for criticizing the diversity efforts within Google's AI unit, the company has disputed it.