Children’s Privacy: EU legislation intended to lead fight against child sexual abuse – instead terrifies privacy advocates

The EU this week proposed legislation to mandate tech companies aggressively screen for and remove child sexual abuse material (CSAM). However, while that should be welcome news to child privacy advocates, the breadth and scope of what’s proposed had a chilling effect. Concerns are that it would impose extreme obligations on chat and other communication services, including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger to broadly scan user messages looking for CSAM or solicitation of children via AI systems. But, privacy advocates feel the general nature of such detection orders that would be issued by individual EU nations, could leave the door open to more generalized surveillance.

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With a wink and a nod, Meta looks to evade Clearview-type biometric penalty – plus, it’s quietly removing some Facebook location data services

May 17, 2022

Perhaps Illinois and Texas didn’t notice that Meta’s Instagram, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Portal and Facebook have been using facial recognition algorithms – which the company claims didn’t identify anyone anyway. Well, in case either could be a problem, Meta has temporarily shut off some avatars and filters for subscribers in both states. Certainly better than facing consequences like Clearview (see Story #1). The company is also changing Location Services in Facebook, including Nearby Friends, weather alerts, and Location History as of May 31st. This will mean Meta will stop collecting information used for these, even if you previously granted permission. 

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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