Over two-thirds of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered extensions for the Google Chrome browser have a high-risk impact and could be “highly damaging” to user cybersecurity if breached, according to data from a new Incogni report.
The August report analyzed 70 AI Chrome extensions across 7 different categories, including 10 writing extensions which all fell into the high-risk category. 48 of 70 fell into the high-risk impact category if beached, yet 60% of the extensions were of low risk to face a security breach in the first place.
Darius Belejevas, the head of Incogni, said that while these extensions offer “undeniable convenience” users should have privacy and security safeguarding as their top priority.
“Understanding the data [users] share with extensions and their reliability in keeping it safe is crucial.”
The data found that 59% of the analyzed extensions collect user data, with 44% of these collecting “personally identifiable information” (PII). PII includes data such as the user’s name, address, and identification number.
“By being cautious in choosing AI Chrome extensions and staying informed about their potential risks,” he said, “users can embrace the benefits of AI while safeguarding their personal information.”
The topic of privacy and user data collection and mishandling has become a major concern alongside the rapid rise of accessible AI applications.
Worldcoin, the decentralized digital identity verification protocol, has been among one of the recent major developments in the industry that has sparked worries over the management of user data. It has caused global regulators to open probes into the protocol’s operations.
On the other hand, on Aug. 7, the Indian government passed a bill through the lower house of parliament that would ease data compliance regulations for BigTech companies like Google and Meta.