Now, a new tool called Guard promises to read the privacy policies of various apps for us. It harnesses the power of AI to analyze reams of text, breaking down each sentence for the level of risk it represents for our privacy.
Guard currently takes the form of a free website featuring analysis of certain popular apps like Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, Whatsapp, Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, and Duolingo. It hasn’t yet analyzed every app out there, not even close, but you can suggest new apps for it to check out. (Facebook comes to mind.) Unfortunately, Guard can’t inspect a given app immediately on demand — at least not yet.
The plan is to release a downloadable app that will scan all the other apps you use and alert you to privacy threats embedded in them. Guard’s app is in the beta-testing phase. It’s not yet available to the public, but you can sign up to join the beta here.
Rameerez describes Guard as an academic experiment — it’s actually his thesis in progress on AI and NLP. He says the aim is to teach machines how humans think about privacy. To do that, Guard needs input from lots and lots of humans.