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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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