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Massive data collection found at US border crossings

The US Congress discovered that customs officials have been copying personal data from as many as 10,000 cellphones, iPads and computers of travelers entering or leaving the country by land, sea, and air. This has been done without requirement of a warrant or a suspicion of crime and was made possible by courts that expanded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) access. Congress has criticized CBP and is calling for stricter protections to remediate this.

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Chameleon Raises $13 Million to Customize In-Product Experience

September 20, 2022

The folks at “no-code product adoption platform” Chameleon probably know how important interactive tools are, since they make it easier for SaaS products to deploy banners, tool tips, models, checklists, walkthroughs, help searches, and similar interactions.  They just raised a $13 million Series A.   Just to be clear: Chameleon adds elements on top of a SaaS product without changing how the product itself works.

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South Korea’s biggest fine to date ($71.8M) goes to…Google and Meta!

September 20, 2022

South Korea found Google & Meta violating its privacy law, so now slapped them with fines: 69.2 billion KRW (~$50 million – Google) and 30.8 billion KRW (~$22 million – Meta). The companies had not obtained consent before collecting data from site users, then enabled targeting with customized ads. At Google, users were not clearly informed of use plans and a default forced them to “agree.” At Meta, details about data use plans were not provided, nor was consent obtained before using behavioral and personal information.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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