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IT’S THE LAW (08/09/2022)

“Forget about it!” That’s pretty much the message from India’s government, which just nixed passing its Personal Data Protection Bill by withdrawing the bill this week without apology or explanation. Thus, the world’s largest democracy has opted to deny more than 1 billion people protection of this critical human right. Of course, this is the same government that recently saw fit to antagonize VPNs and cloud services operating there by establishing rights for aggressive collection of data at the whim of law enforcement or other officials.

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Facebook may be staring down a federal class action – over health data

August 9, 2022

The data of millions of patients may have been collected by Facebook (Meta) via healthcare provider websites without people’s knowledge or consent. This comes via a Jane Doe, a claimant who alleges the company harvested her data via Meta Pixel code, which was embedded into a California health care center portal. This and a lawsuit last month, also from California, allege violation of California privacy regulation.

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Cybercrime thriving, growing, and expected to hit $10T by 2025

August 9, 2022

The Cost of a Data Breach report from Black Kite looks at the financial and reputational damage caused by 2,400 cyber incidents that took place globally between 2017-2022 and can help companies understand where vulnerabilities have been to date and where things are trending. Clearly, companies need to act to protect themselves as cybercrime costs grows exponentially – up from $7 trillion in 2015 and expected to hit $10 trillion in the next three years. The report also compares attack methods and cybercrime’s impact on individual sectors.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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