UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A search engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to “read” through millions of online documents could help privacy researchers find ones that are related to online privacy. The researchers who designed the search engine suggest it could be an important tool for researchers trying to find ways to design a safer internet.

In a study, the researchers said that the search engine, which they dubbed PrivaSeer, uses a type of AI called natural language processing — NLP — to identify online privacy documents, such as privacy policies, terms of service agreements, cookie policies, privacy bills and laws, regulatory guidelines and other related texts on the web.

Rather than attempting to search for privacy documents themselves, researchers could type their queries into the search engine to efficiently identify and collect the correct documentation.

Ultimately, though, the search engine could help researchers better understand online privacy in general and examine…

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