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Nigeria’s government is expediting passage of a National Data Processing Bill. The head of the country’s Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) intends to get the bill to the President’s desk this month with plans for passage by the end of the year.

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Google will pay $85M to Arizona for Android location data breach

October 11, 2022

Arizona’s Attorney General sued Google in 2020 for use of “dark patterns” to manipulate user behavior. The state also accused Google of using location tracking services even when companies had tried to turn off that capability. This settlement is to resolve the location tracking claims and, while very high, is still tiny for a company whose 2021 ad revenue was close to $200 billion.

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Despite jump in insurance costs, 10% more Americans say “no” to trading data for discounts

October 11, 2022

In fact, Policygenius’ annual Home & Auto Insurance Technology survey found a 10% rise in 2021 over last year of consumers who reported they would decline a discount. Sixty-eight percent said they wouldn’t install an app that records driving behavior, although 67% of that group would change their mind if the rate was dropped by more than half. And 65% felt no discount was worth installing a smart home device that shared data with insurance companies.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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