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Children’s Privacy: Student athletes – watch when you menstruate in Florida!

Florida leads in the “privacy-denying-just-because-we-can” arena and is unique in requiring students to provide detailed medical history to qualify for sports participation. Now, multiple school districts are upping the game by asking female student athletes to digitally report menstrual data on Aktivate, a sports management platform. This has alarmed privacy advocates because the company’s privacy policy states data can be shared with third parties, and that upon request it will grant data access to law enforcement and other government agencies. Given that the state already bans trans students from participating in sports and doesn’t require consent for sharing student health records, this raises the specter of trans and cis student athletes being outed to force compliance with the state law banning them.  It’s also yet another risk to abortion rights.

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Despite jump in insurance costs, 10% more Americans say “no” to trading data for discounts

October 11, 2022

In fact, Policygenius’ annual Home & Auto Insurance Technology survey found a 10% rise in 2021 over last year of consumers who reported they would decline a discount. Sixty-eight percent said they wouldn’t install an app that records driving behavior, although 67% of that group would change their mind if the rate was dropped by more than half. And 65% felt no discount was worth installing a smart home device that shared data with insurance companies.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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