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In Brief: Google announces more privacy tools, including a way for users to remove more types of personal information from Search and another that will alert users proactively when their contact information appears in Search results

This second, “Results About You” option has begun appearing in the Google app for Android.

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Children’s Privacy: UK regulators provisionally find TikTok in violation of children’s privacy laws – up to $29M at stake

October 4, 2022

The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have issued a Notice of Intent, covering a period between 2018-2020, to Chinese-owned TikTok, which means a likely significant fine. In this case that could be as high as £27 million ($29 million), depending on determinations about violation of privacy regulation. TikTok may have committed multiple infractions, including processing data of underage children without parental consent, accessing specially protected information on race or ethnicity, and collecting biometric data without legitimate cause to do so. Depending on the regulator’s determination, cost could be quite high.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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