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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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