February 21, 2023

Privacy in Metaverse Could Be Impossible, Study Says

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A recent study by the University of California Berkeley found that achieving privacy in the metaverse could be impossible, asserting the importance of developing creative new safeguards to protect users.

The new study, led by graduate researcher Vivek Nair, was conducted by the Center for Responsible Decentralized Intelligence as it contained the biggest data set of user interactions in the metaverse, exceeding 50,000 users.

It revealed that little data is needed to identify a user in the metaverse well, a matter which eliminates any opportunity to be anonymous in the virtual space.

In general, data is collected from cameras and microphones in modern VR headsets, which gather data from the user’s facial features, vocal qualities, and eye motions, in addition to information about the place where the user enters the metaverse.

However, researchers are worried about other technologies, such as EEG sensors that can detect unique brain activity through the scalp,
a matter which raises a privacy concern in the metaverse.

The university found that the data of half of all users, covered in the study, was uniquely identified within 2 seconds only, which means that users who join metaverse leave digital fingerprints that can uniquely identify them.

The study proposed two approaches to solve this inherent privacy problem, including securing the users’ motion data. The other approach is to enact sensible regulation that would prevent metaverse platforms from storing and analyzing human motion data over time, which will protect the public’s information and make them feel secure while joining the metaverse.

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