Children’s Privacy: DNA Kits are not going to keep Texas kids from getting killed; nor ensure privacy

Texas schools have begun distributing DNA Kits to families of public-school students with the stated intent of being able to use information to identify children following emergencies by matching to their parents’ DNA. This does not inspire confidence in the state’s determination to stop the shootings, such as the one that occurred in May at the Ulvalde elementary school, but rather indicates its willingness to gather personal data. The 2021 State Senate Bill 2158, which legalizes the collection of DNA via kids’ saliva, fingerprints and physical appearance information, doesn’t solve the fundamental problem of protecting kids from being shot and killed in the first place – that would require gun control.

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Global audit on efficacy of CMP implementation find a majority of EU & US sites out of compliance

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Data privacy company Compliant has published, “2022 Data Privacy: The Compliance Illusion,” a white paper resulting from an audit of 500+ EU and US advertiser- and publisher-owned websites in which they found the majority unwittingly acquire data without appropriate consent. This is true even when companies employ a Consent Management Platform (CMP). For example, of 92% of EU publishers surveyed that operate a CMP, 81% were found to pass user data on to third parties before consent was obtained.

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Children’s Privacy: Nearly three-quarters of Gen Z kids wish you’d asked them before posting

October 25, 2022

A survey of Gen Z respondents and Gen Z parents conducted by security companies 1Password and Malwarebytes found 84% of Gen Z individuals said they would raise kids differently than their parents with regards to internet use and privacy protection. Privacy concerns reported included that 79% of parents had posted images, videos or personal information about the kids online, and 73% of Gen Zers wished their parents would have asked permission before doing so.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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