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IT’S THE LAW (06/08/2021)

Maryland and Montana are first in the U.S. to restrict police use of DNA matching. The new laws are consistent with increasing privacy concerns about use of consumer genetic data. Maryland’s new law will require a judge’s sign-off before DNA markers from a crime scene can be matched against genealogy data. Montana will require investigators to have a search warrant before being allowed to use a consumer DNA database – unless the individual’s right to privacy has been waived.

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TikTok to begin collecting more face and voice data, but doesn’t say why, or how it will be used

June 8, 2021

Users have been alerted to privacy policy changes that indicate TikTok plans to collect more personal data from U.S. users, including voiceprints and faceprints. This may also include object recognition (identifying scenery and images within photos), and location identification. While TikTok hasn’t commented how it plans to use this material, it may be partly in response to new state privacy laws in the U.S.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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