WPS Office Faces Backlash Over AI Training Privacy Concerns

By Billy Jiang, November 20, 2023

0 0

WPS Office, a popular office software developed by Kingsoft, has recently come under fire for potential privacy violations related to its artificial intelligence (AI) training practices. 

The software, known for its ease of installation and free usage, has a significant user base in China, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises.

Recent media reports highlighted a clause in the WPS Privacy Policy that stated:

"We will use the documents you upload to the server as the basis for AI training." 

This latest policy update has raised concerns about the potential misuse of user data.

In response to the public outcry, WPS Office issued an apology on its official Sina Weibo account on November 18. 


WPS Office issued an apology for the issue. Screenshot by That's

The statement acknowledged that the previous wording in the policy had caused confusion and assured users that their documents would not be used for any AI training purposes without their consent.

Subsequently, the company updated its policy terms and removed the controversial lines.

The incident coincided with WPS Office's announcement on November 16 regarding the commencement of the public beta testing for WPS AI

The new AI features, including AIGC (Content Creation), Copilot (Intelligent Assistant), and Insight (Knowledge Insight), are aimed at providing users with a more advanced and efficient product experience.

As AI continues to integrate into various products, companies face challenges in balancing the benefits of improved functionalities with the responsible use of user data. 

Many applications leverage user-generated content for AI training without explicit disclosure, raising concerns about privacy and consent.

The incident prompts reflection on the broader issue of how much user data is utilized for AI training purposes without users' awareness or explicit consent.

How do you feel about the potential use of your cloud-stored files for AI training? Feel free to share your thoughts. For more updates on the latest news in China, follow our WeChat official account, ThatsGBA.

[Cover image via That's]

more news

5 Dead After Man Bombs Guangzhou Government Office

The blast occurred at the office that handles land use matters, but it’s unclear whether that was a factor in the incident.

7 Bizarre Things to Expect at Your Annual Office CNY Banquet

Forget the booze-fueled holiday banquets from back home. Those are child's play.

Is Hong Kong Set to Build the World’s Largest Artificial Islands?

It might break the city's economy and put an already endangered sea creature at higher risk.

KFK Podcast: Artificial Intelligence and a Racist Spanish Bank

Check out this week's Kung Fu Komedy podcast!

Aquaman Makes Big Splash at China Box Office

Netizens have chimed in about the movie resembling the Chinese classic Journey to the West.

China Creates 'Artificial Star' That's 6 Times Hotter than the Sun

The world’s first nuclear fusion power plant is one step closer to becoming a reality after China’s successful creation of an ‘artificial sun.’

WATCH: Robots Deliver Food To Office Buildings in Shenzhen

The robots can deliver up to 25 kilograms of food in one run while also being able to work for 12 hours in a roll on one charge.

China to Launch Artificial Moon into Orbit in 2020

The orbital object will have an optical range of up to 80 kilometers and be bright enough to replace street lights.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives