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IT’S THE LAW (05/17/2022)

The EU Council has approved the Data Governance Act (DGA). The new law will promote the availability and reuse of data that is subject to the rights of others that can benefit the public sector. This includes trade secrets and intellectual property data as well as personal data, areas not covered by the 2019 Open Data Directive. The EU plans to set up a single access point with an electronic register of public-sector data as part of a framework to foster data intermediation services and provide a secure environment through which companies and individuals can engage.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court grants sweeping rights to access citizen & company bank data

May 17, 2022

Four of five Supreme Court justices voted to allow access to citizen bank documents, removing the need for  warrants. The decision is based on argument that individual rights to bank privacy is secondary to the government’s need to combat tax fraud and monitor for money laundering. Needless to say, that opens the data of millions of Mexican citizens to scrutiny without consent or specified cause. It is, however, in keeping with the aim of Mexico’s president who wants to crack down on Big Tech abuses.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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