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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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Independent Grocer Is First to Deploy Amazon Just Walk Out Technology

December 7, 2022

Here’s a retail story that doesn’t involve a media network – but don’t worry, it does feature Amazon, AI, and Kansas City.  Independent retailer Community Groceries will be the first non-Amazon company to deploy the Amazon One entry gate and Amazon’s Just Walk Out checkout technology.  Amazon One grants entry after reading your palm or credit card, while Just Walk Out tracks what customers put in their cart and charges for it.  O brave new world.

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