Meta, Instagram are trying to run out the clock on EU data transfers

It’s August, and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram are getting a bit of a holiday as regulators spar over how to proceed with Ireland’s draft decision to block EU to US data transfers via standard contractual clauses (SCCs). Problem is that Ireland’s decision is still being reviewed and debated by other country DPOs – and if delays go long enough, Meta and others might be able to keep their data transfers going under a new data transfer deal that goes into effect early 2023.

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Given Amazon’s $1.7B purchase offer, we’re leaning toward “spy”

August 16, 2022

Amazon has acquired iRobot, the company whose Roomba vacuum revolutionized dust bunny clean up and holds a whopping 56.7% market share. It’s being called “the most dangerous, threatening acquisition” in Amazon’s history. No mean feat, given that just last week the company rocked the medical world with a $3.9B offer for One Medical and got called out a couple weeks before for its Ring security doorbell sharing doorstep data with police departments.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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