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IT’S THE LAW (12/07/2021)

Zimbabwe’s president has signed the controversial Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill into law. It seeks to provide data protection and will establish a new Data Protection Authority, but human rights activists fear it will stifle dissent by spying on what citizens send and receive on social media platforms.

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Zoom offers $85M settlement for privacy class action

December 7, 2021

The company has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it shared personal information with third parties without user consent. Eligible users fall into two groups: the first are people who paid for a Zoom Meetings app subscription between March 30, 2016 and July 30, 2021; and the second is anyone who downloaded, registered, used or opened the Zoom Meetings App in the same date period.

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WhatsApp and iMessage vulnerable to FBI searches – according to…the FBI

December 7, 2021

An internal FBI document obtained by Rolling Stone indicates that WhatsApp and iMessage, while billing themselves as secure messaging apps, are in fact very vulnerable to law-enforcement searches when the FBI has a warrant or subpoena. According to the document, WhatsApp will also provide more practically-real-time information about a user and their activities than nearly every other major messaging tool.

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Three-Quarters of Companies See AI/ML As Important Revenue Drivers: SambaNova Report

January 24, 2022

Do you miss those innocent days when every product announcement breathlessly reported the new system or feature was “AI-based”? If so, here’s a whiff of remembrance from AI infrastructure provider SambaNova Systems, who found that 78% of large companies rate AI and Machine Learning as important revenue drivers. Yet even they have a curiously mixed attitude, citing (in their press release) a NewVantage Partners study that found only a quarter of top companies have scaled AI/ML across their organization.

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