British Airways Faces $230 Million GDPR Fine

British Airways faces a $230 million GDPR fine, by far the largest issued so far under the European Union’s GDPR regulation. The amount could still be reduced on appeal. While the fine should quell some doubts about GDPR enforcement, it’s worth noting that it relates to a data breach, not consent compliance.

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Facebook Releases Open Source Recommendation Model

July 10, 2019

I usually prioritize acquisition and funding announcements, but don’t think you really care that Coveo bought Tooso for intent analytics, Sinequa raised $23 million for knowledge discovery, or Signpost raised $52 million for local business marketing. But you probably are interested that Facebook has made an open source release of its Deep Learning Recommendation Model to select personalized contents. You’ll recall that Google and Amazon recently made similar moves.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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