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IT’S THE LAW (08/10/2021)

Nigeria announced a mandate that citizens must link their mobile numbers to a national ID number by October 31, 2021 or risk being blocked from telecommunication services. Citizens and rights groups are objecting to this and to the country’s national ID enrollment due to fears that Nigeria’s lack of data privacy laws will leave data exposed to abuse.

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Amazon prepared to pay $10 (in credit) to read your palm – gather your biometrics

August 10, 2021

Prepare to purchase goods with a wave of your hand at Amazon’s checkout-free stores! Now, palm-scanning hardware makes it easy for Amazon to capture every detail of your hand and then let a simple palm-signature swoosh buy goods, while helpfully providing data about your shopping history. You can also look forward to receiving targeted ads, offers & recommendations…like it or not.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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