Global survey reports cybersecurity spend up 51% in a year, but CISOs & CEOs fear companies unprepared to face growing risks

Thoughtlab’s benchmark study of 1,200 diverse large organizations in 16 countries found that while more than $125.2 billion annually has been spent to shore up this area, the rapidly evolving threat landscape has many companies at significant risk. Weak links are: complexity of supply chain (44%), rapid digital innovation (41%), and inadequate budget plus lack of executive support (28% each).

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Sad, but true! Online trackers can help themselves to your form data before you even have a consent option

May 17, 2022

No need to wait to see if you’ll consent or not, many companies, including Meta, TikTok and this Top Ten list of offenders, are pleased to snag email addresses and personal identifiers while you’re filling out forms. This KU Leuven and Radboud University study of the top 100K websites found 1,844 websites visited from the EU, and 2,950 visited from the US had email addresses exfiltrated.

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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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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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