Incident 521: Images Captured by iRobot's Roomba Containing Device Users Posted on Private Online Groups

Description: Images which were collected in an R&D project with user consent by iRobot's Roomba J7 robot vacuum showing device users sometimes in private settings were shared on closed social media groups by Venezuelan gig workers who labeled items in the images, breaching data agreements.


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Alleged: iRobot developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed iRobot , Roomba J7 device owners in project IO and Scale AI.

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