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

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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Massive data collection found at US border crossings

September 20, 2022

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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IT’S THE LAW (09/20/2022)

September 20, 2022

Indonesia is set to pass its Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP) this week. The law, which gives companies two years to comply, will require data operators to obtain consent from individuals for collecting personal data or medical history. The strict penalty for noncompliance is up to 5 years in jail and a maximum fine of 5 billion rupiah (US $337,000). The law stipulates that personal information collected must be for a specific purpose only and that data must be erased once the purpose has been met.

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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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