In Brief: Optus, Australia’s second largest telco was hit with a cyberattack

The company, which has about 10 million customers, reported that data accessed on an unspecified number of current and former customers, included customer names, DOB, phone numbers, email addresses and ID document numbers.

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Children’s Privacy: Twenty-one TV stations targeted by FCC for $3.4M fine for kids’ ad violation

September 27, 2022

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to levy a $3.4M fine on TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, Nextstar Media Group, Cunningham Broadcasting and others it has found violating the FCC’s Children’s Programming Commercial rules. The rules, which specify time limits on how much advertising can be done proportionate to hours of children’s programming have been flouted particularly by Sinclair (which would receive the largest fine totaling $2.652 million), repeatedly over many years.

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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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