In Brief: U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) shown to be collecting location data on citizens without a warrant:

The New York Times has reported that by purchasing sets of phone data from brokers, which includes both foreign and U.S. citizen information, the DIA may be circumventing a law meant to protect against digitally monitoring people’s movements.

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Stricter Ad buy and RTB oversight

January 26, 2021

UK ICO restarts investigation of adtech practices Concerned that high velocity ad data trading does not keep personal data secure, the UK is initiating audits focusing on digital market platforms. The use of Real Time Bidding (RTB) by data brokers potentially exposes massive amounts of data to hundreds of companies without clear protocols for retention or use and regulators want to ensure privacy is protected.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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