IT’S THE LAW (11/29/2022)

Citizen Labs’ new report adds to criticism of Canada’s pending (and long-titled) Bill C-27: An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CCPA), the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act. Bill C-27 is an update to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which has been in force as federal law for two decades. Among the concerns raised is that the new CCPA law would be weaker than GDPR and that it includes problematic exemptions, including that organizations can decide when benefits of collecting of personal information outweighs risks – and that this could be done without having to notify people of collection or planned use.

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Major E-tax services are reportedly providing Meta financial profile data

November 29, 2022

The MarkUp and The Verge allege that H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, and Ramsey Solutions have shared sensitive personal and financial user data with Meta via Meta Pixel, a JavaScript code snippet embedded in websites. The exposed tax filer data includes income filing status, refund amounts, and college scholarship amounts, in addition to more basic identifying information. And, while the number of people affected hasn’t been confirmed, it is estimated in the tens of millions. Why? Apparently, the data is useful to feed Meta algorithms for ad targeting.

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Twitter breach far exceeds what was reported

November 29, 2022

A Twitter data breach last year, estimated to have exposed 5.4 million records, was thought to have been achieved and exploited by just one hacker. Now, evidence indicates multiple hackers accessed and then offered the data for sale on the dark web. The compromised data belonged to users from the UK, US and most of the EU countries. Twitter has not yet commented on the story, but as has been pointed out its communications team was just gutted following Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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