IT’S THE LAW (03/01/2022)

Japan will enact a major Amendment to its existing privacy law, the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (APPI). This will also affect foreign business owners, regardless of whether they have a presence in Japan, so long as goods or services are provided to Japanese users. Changes include, 1) making it mandatory to respond immediately to requests for disclosure or correction of data being held, 2) user right to request deletion of data the business doesn’t need to keep, and 3) obligation for businesses to promptly report specific types of data breaches to both the Personal Information Protection Commission (PPC) and to individuals.

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TechCrunch report reveals Stalkerware network harvests private data

March 1, 2022

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a major security flaw found in white label Android spyware apps. These apps, often marketed for use for child-tracking or monitoring employees, have also been used by domestic abusers to spy on ex- or current partners. The security concern was raised by TechCrunch, which reported that this stalkerware network was monitoring 400,000 people around the world.

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Bipartisan Future of Tech Commission calls for Federal & Children’s Privacy Laws and protection against misinformation

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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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