In Brief: What are wearable brain devices and what do they want with our privacy?

Yet another technology to know us better – very possibly better than most of us will want. Not content just checking our cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems, Big Tech is rapidly developing brain-tracking devices to learn what we think, feel and remember, purportedly yes, to help with health diagnoses and management.  It also crosses our last personal, private frontier.

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Children’s Privacy: Utah curtails teen rights citing need to protect their mental health

March 28, 2023

Over objections, Utah’s governor has signed The Social Media Regulation Act (SB 152), with the intent of protecting the mental health of teens by put the onus on parents to grant permission for social media use and requiring social media companies to verify ages of users. Opponents, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, believe the legislation encroaches on children’s right to information and their privacy.

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Large Organizations Use Average of 367 Applications: Forrester Report

March 27, 2023

I can’t bring myself to lead with yet another generative AI story, so we’ll start instead with this Forrester report for Airtable, which found that organizations have lots of software applications.  The average is 367 in use at large organizations, with teams using an average of 45 daily and individuals using an average of 52 weekly.  No surprise here but a good reminder of why data integration is so important.

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Salesforce Connects AI-Based Marketing Apps with Data from CDP and Google

June 8, 2023

Salesforce kicked off its big Connections conference yesterday, and if you’re surprised the focus was on generative AI, you haven’t been paying attention.  Still, the focus this time was on marketing applications that draw on Salesforce CDP data, so it’s right up our alley.  They also announced direct access to Google BigQuery data, ticking the “zero-copy” box as well.

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