Fog Data Science found selling illegal data of 250M Americans to police and others

Public records acquired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) from state and local US law enforcement agencies reveal Fog Data Science is enabling surveillance of hundreds of millions of people by collecting billions of data points captured from common phone apps and then selling it illegally – bypassing the need for buyers to obtain a search warrant. The company collects and tracks geolocation data and can trace activity over months and years. This harkens back to a 2015 class action that occurred when Carrier IQ, a now defunct company, was found tracking keystrokes belonging to millions of people, then selling the data to third parties in violation of multiple laws.

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Eight hundred million facial records left exposed by Chinese company, Xinai

September 6, 2022

A mass data breach that’s considered the second largest known after a one billion record breach in China earlier this summer, has been revealed also in China. In this case, human error at the Hangzhou tech company Xinai Electronics inadvertently exposed facial data of 800 million people. Additionally, the company’s database ties to its cloud-based vehicle license plate recognition system. Xinai’s exposed data was not password protected and was found easily available on the web, according to the data researcher who discovered it.

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IT’S THE LAW (09/06/2022)

September 6, 2022

Eureka!! California breaks the log jam and forges ahead with privacy legislation – in the US, and for kids! Meet the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act (ADCA). Modeled on the UK’s Age-Appropriate Design Code, this game-changer now awaiting the governor’s signature, will go much farther than the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protecting teens and children by default. Specifically, online sites deemed likely to access youth data will not be allowed to share that data unless they can prove: 1) it is necessary to do so to provide a specific service, or 2) that doing so is in the young person’s best interest. Further, businesses will in most cases be required to implement the most privacy-protective settings by default, and there’s no provision built in for parents or kids to opt-out via consent.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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