No to geofencing in New York

New York is making it harder for advertisers to use geofencing tactics when near healthcare facilities, in an effort to protect the privacy of people using those facilities. Geofencing allows tracking within a particular geographic area. In this case, corporations are prohibited from creating a geofence within 1,850 feet of a hospital or health facility.

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IBM to resume facial recognition – for a US$69.8M price

September 12, 2023

What a difference three years makes. IBM, which in 2020 told Congress it would stop offering “general purpose” facial recognition in response to concerns about resulting racial profiling, has just signed a $69.8 million contract with the UK to develop a national biometrics platform. The purpose is to provide facial recognition capability to government immigration and law enforcement – but IBM stated this is not in conflict the 2020 promises because it won’t be used for public surveillance.

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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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