IT’S THE LAW (02/15/2022)

The UK Digital Minister announced the country’s Online Safety Bill has been strengthened to ensure users of pornography sites are 18 years or older. Companies that don’t apply stringent checks to ensure age verification can be subject to fines from the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which can include up to 10% of their annual worldwide turnover and/or being blocked from accessibility in the UK.

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Your VPN may leave holes for access, according to CNET…and they say take care with ones from Five Eyes countries!

February 15, 2022

CNET compared Android VPNs to determine which only require critical permissions,and which others put privacy at risk by making unnecessary requests. CNET editors considered Surfshark, ExpressVPN, NorvidVPN, and IPVanish best in class, and identified a number of others as dangerous to privacy. Further, CNET editors warn that Five Eyes (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)-based VPNs can come with backdoor access to data.

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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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