In Brief: Amazon extends ban on police use of its facial recognition software “until further notice”

This reflects the pressure companies are facing on use of this technology, which has been shown to deliver inconsistent results in accurately identifying individuals, particularly from Black and Brown communities.

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New report on CCPA private right of action filings

May 25, 2021
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India, Brazil, Turkey and others oppose WhatsApp policy change

May 25, 2021

WhatsApp, which planned to mandate users agree by May 15th to a new privacy policy or lose access to service, faced new opposition this week. India asked for proof of sufficient protection for its citizens. Brazil delayed full enforcement of WhatApp’s policy pending determination of compliance with their LGPD law. Turkey had conflicting reports about whether WhatsApp would apply the new update now. And, Germany earlier this month ordered Faceook to stop processing WhatsApp user data.

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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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