In Brief: In another matter, Facebook admits to no wrongdoing but will nevertheless pay $37.5M (about three hours of revenue) to settle a class action that alleged it collected IP data between 2015 and 2018 from Android and Apple phones which had had location services turned off by their users

The company was accused of using “enhanced tracking methodologies” to pinpoint geolocations.

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In Brief: Mark Zuckerberg thankfully has been spared the discomfort of a half day testifying in court, as Facebook thoughtfully has agreed to settle a four-year-old class action that charged the company with sharing the private data of tens of millions of its users with Cambridge Analytica

August 30, 2022

Had this not been settled for what one would assume to be a very large though currently undisclosed sum, Zuckerberg and other top executives would have had to testify in court late September.

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In Brief: Lobbyists, including from drug companies, non-profits and tech giants, ramped up spending in Q2 of this year to try to get changes to the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), which has been receiving bipartisan support to give US consumers new power to limit data collection and use

August 30, 2022

Concerns include that, 1) the ADPPA as a federal law would preempt state laws and provide weaker protections; 2) new data controls would hamper government access to deter major crimes; 3) there are too many loopholes in the law benefiting data brokers; and 4) placing limitations on the estimated $240 billion data market will severely hamper the use of third-party data for safety regulation – and also most importantly for advertising.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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