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Privacy Vendors Warn Against Backdoor Access to Encrypted Messages

We see plenty of privacy stories but the editor of our Privacy Newsletter has dibs on all the good stuff. I did snag this report about ProtonMail and other privacy-first app vendors warning that the European Union Council seems disposed towards requiring “backdoor” access to encrypted messages.  The goal is to help law enforcement but there’s no real way to keep backdoors safe from unauthorized use.

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Reltio Offers Free Identity Matching Service

January 28, 2021

This isn’t quite a privacy item, but identity management is closely related.  On that front, Master Data Management vendor and borderline CDP Reltio has launched a free cloud-based identity resolution service.  Users can upload lists of names which the system will clean, store, and compare with previously-loaded names to flag potential matches for manual review.  The system will remember past matches so each user builds an expanded identity graph over time.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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