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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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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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