WhatsApp, Tinder, Snapchat, Spotify and fined by Russia

Russia doesn’t want its data processed and stored overseas and has begun to levy fines in an escalation against Big Tech. The 18 million ruble ($301,255) fine against WhatsApp is the second in a year, while Tinder, Snap and were fined more than 1 million, and Spotify, which in March closed its Russian office, was fined 500,000 rubles.

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California Privacy Protection Agency votes to oppose ADPPA

August 2, 2022

California unanimously voted “No” to supporting H.R. 8152, the national draft legislation, the American Data Privacy Protection Act (ADPPA). The state’s privacy protection Board determined that in fact, the ADPPA would significantly weaken the privacy rights of California citizens by preempting the state’s CCPA law, as well as the laws of other states that have enacted privacy laws.

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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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