Adobe can scan user-generated content stored in its cloud, and users aren't happy

Adobe's terms allow content scanning in its cloud, causing user disapproval.

: Adobe has revised its terms of service, confirming its right to scan user-generated content in its cloud, sparking concerns among users about privacy. The company uses scanning to enhance its services and ensure compliance with legal standards, including spotting prohibited content. Despite longstanding practices, recent clarifications and assurances from Adobe have done little to quell user unease.

Adobe has updated its terms of service to include the right to freely scan user-generated content stored in its cloud, a practice that has actually been ongoing for years. This change was noticed by video game concept creator Sam Santala, who expressed his concern and considered switching to alternative software due to privacy issues.

The updated terms, effective from February 17, 2024, allow Adobe to use both manual and automated methods, including machine learning algorithms, to scan content. This content includes text, audio, video files, documents, and images, with the primary goal of improving services and identifying harmful material like CSAM or spam.

Despite the backlash, Adobe assures users that their generative AI models are not trained on customer content and that strict security measures are in place. Chief Strategy Officer Scott Belsky emphasized that Adobe will not assume ownership of any user content and published a clarification to address any confusion regarding the updated terms and their implications.