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Ransomware attacks now viewed as national security concern, according to US and allies

The US and allies have elevated concerns about cybercriminals to the level of national security. This week, the US Cyber Command’s top general confirmed the military in cooperation with law enforcement is tracking ransomware groups. Canada imposed similar measures, and Ireland stepped up its activities following cyberattacks that disrupted healthcare in the country. Concerns have grown as infrastructure that promotes critical services, such as healthcare and pipelines, have been targeted.

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IT’S THE LAW (12/14/2021)

December 14, 2021

A German court has ruled sharing IP addresses with US-based servers for cookie consent is unlawful under Schrems II. The Wielsbaden Administrative Court found that a German university using a cookie preference service that shared IP addresses of end users with a company headquartered in the US was in violation because users could be identified by using the IP addresses and a key that is stored in the user’s browser.

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US and UK announce a bilateral privacy-enhancing tech prize challenge

December 14, 2021

With twin goals of safely harnessing the power of data for business and combating critical transnational privacy concerns, the White House and UK announced the joint prize challenge to develop privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). The initiative is intended to encourage top minds to evolve new solutions to address global privacy issues ranging from financial crime to health data security.  First winners will be announced next year.

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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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