IT’S THE LAW (11/22/2022)

India, which this summer shelved plans to pass a Personal Data Protection Bill, has introduced a new draft proposal for a privacy bill that eases the burden on overseas data transfers, but advocates high penalty amounts of up to ₹500 crore ($61 million) for non-compliance and ₹250 crore for breaches. Decisions yet to be made are about which countries would be white listed for data transfers and to what degree state agencies could be exempted from provisions in the bill.

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CNIL fines Discord €800K over data retention and security concerns

November 22, 2022

Discord, Inc., a voice over IP and instant messaging company, was fined €800,000 by France’s data authority CNIL for failing to define and honor a data retention period in accordance with GDPR. The amount of the fine took into consideration the number people impacted, which was close to 3 million, and also the fact that the company worked throughout the investigation to reach compliance.

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Give your favorite brands data for the holidays!

November 22, 2022

Favorite brands have secret ways to get you to gift them your data for the holidays. This is made easy via fun products, including from Meta with their Quest Pro ocular-reading headset; Amazon, which is hungry for more data to feed Alexa and has several new product offerings; and Google, Verizon, Nintendo and others. The majority of products on this Top 10 gift list are, however, a bit unclear on how you can delete data after you provide it – but no worries! The companies are happy to keep it.

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Getty Offers Gen AI Tool Built Only with Licensed Images

September 28, 2023

Unauthorized training data isn’t an existential threat to generative AI but it’s certainly a headache for users and developers alike.  Most developers are trying to exclude materials that creators have explicitly labeled as unauthorized and citing “fair use” as justification for copying everything else.  Getty Images has taken an opposite approach, building its gen AI tool only on materials that are explicitly licensed.  It’s possible that tracing the provenance of training data will become a standard, similar to how organic food producers trace the origins of their ingredients.

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