IT’S THE LAW (05/10/2022)

The privacy implications and risks to individuals, should the US Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade abortion rights protection (as a document leaked this week indicates), could be huge according to legal experts – particularly since there’s no national privacy law. Not only would it put women looking to get abortions and clinicians performing abortions on the wrong side of the law, but it opens up a rat’s nest of opportunity for legal as well as backdoor data sharing and tracking of information on people and services. It would also grant law enforcement the right to collect the data as evidence of committing a crime. This and laws being prepared in a number of states to allow cross-border cooperation to locate individuals whose rights are no longer protected by Roe, would also set the stage for other constraints on individual privacy should the party in power want to use this precedent.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

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Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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