UK issues £17M breach fine against Clearview AI for breach, just weeks after Australia

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provisionally fined Clearview AI £17 million ($22.6 million) alleging it failed to inform UK citizens it was collecting billions of their photos and continuing to process their data. The UK and Australia had opened a joint investigation of Clearview last year, and Australia regulator has also issued a similar ruling.

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Most Believers Don’t Fully Trust Conspiracy Theories: Ipsos MORI Report

December 7, 2021

I saved the best for last: social media isn’t destroying society after all!  Ipsos MORI did find that “nuanced” belief in conspiracy theories is more widespread than you ever imagined, which I’ll admit is upsetting.  But they also report that TV news and tabloid newspapers are equally responsible for spreading them (at least in the UK).  So go ahead and buy all the Facebook ads you want.

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Zoom offers $85M settlement for privacy class action

December 7, 2021

The company has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it shared personal information with third parties without user consent. Eligible users fall into two groups: the first are people who paid for a Zoom Meetings app subscription between March 30, 2016 and July 30, 2021; and the second is anyone who downloaded, registered, used or opened the Zoom Meetings App in the same date period.

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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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