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European Data Protection Supervisor sues members of EU Parliament over Europol dispute

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has taken the unusual step of suing Members of Parliament (MEPs) to prevent them from enacting legislation that would allow law enforcement agency, Europol, to sidestep stricter privacy rules the EDPS wants. EDPS had ordered Europol to erase data it was holding on individuals who had no proven crime record, but MEPs and national governments stepped with alternate legislation that would shield Europol and expand its ability to sell data.

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IT’S THE LAW (09/27/2022)

September 27, 2022

Germany’s controversial data-retention law pertaining to telecom has been found to be incompatible with EU law by the European Court of Justice (EJC), so is now overturned. The law, which had permitted user data storage for up to ten weeks and permitted German law enforcement authorities to request it from the telecommunication companies, was a revision of an earlier law rejected by a German court. The EJC’s decision is consistent with arguments it has made against Sweden, France, Belgium and the UK over what was deemed unnecessary data retention.

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Children’s Privacy: Twenty-one TV stations targeted by FCC for $3.4M fine for kids’ ad violation

September 27, 2022

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to levy a $3.4M fine on TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, Nextstar Media Group, Cunningham Broadcasting and others it has found violating the FCC’s Children’s Programming Commercial rules. The rules, which specify time limits on how much advertising can be done proportionate to hours of children’s programming have been flouted particularly by Sinclair (which would receive the largest fine totaling $2.652 million), repeatedly over many years.

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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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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