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In Brief: Apple’s new app transparency a hit, according to survey

An Axway survey of more than 1,000 Americans across a broad demographic range showed significant support for the approach Apple was taking to data sharing. Seventy-six percent said mobile apps should tell you when and how you are being tracked, 53% worry about tracking of browser history, 51% about location tracking and 38% about advertiser use of ad tracking.

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Google Play to add “safety” sections for mobile apps

May 11, 2021

Google has indicated it will introduce a “safety” section to its Google Play marketplace. Beginning next year, app developers will be required to share information on the data they collect, and how it’s stored and used. Google’s plans differ from Apple in that the focus is on whether the data is being handled responsibly, not gathering consent to what is collected and tracked. Google will also allow independent verification of the app data labels, which may add to user trust.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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