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Data of more than 30M Americans was sold to fraudsters

Epsilon to pay $150M in settlement with U.S. Department of Justice

As part of a remediation agreement, Epsilon will pay a total of $150M including $127.5M in compensation victims of fraud schemes resulting from sale of Epsilon data. The company had used data modeling to build and sell lists of customers, many elderly, deemed most likely to respond to marketing solicitation.

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Consumer Reports Study uses authorized agents, but still finds big opt-out challenges

February 9, 2021

In a clear demonstration of how difficult it can be for consumers to exercise their privacy rights, Consumer Reports found that even trained agents could not get many requests done successfully. Utilizing California's "authorized agent" provision, 124 Consumer Reports agents reached out to 21 companies, including Airbnb, Amazon, Comcast, Home Depot and Starbucks to use Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) and other company privacy preference mechanisms to make account changes.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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