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With a wink and a nod, Meta looks to evade Clearview-type biometric penalty – plus, it’s quietly removing some Facebook location data services

Perhaps Illinois and Texas didn’t notice that Meta’s Instagram, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Portal and Facebook have been using facial recognition algorithms – which the company claims didn’t identify anyone anyway. Well, in case either could be a problem, Meta has temporarily shut off some avatars and filters for subscribers in both states. Certainly better than facing consequences like Clearview (see Story #1).

The company is also changing Location Services in Facebook, including Nearby Friends, weather alerts, and Location History as of May 31st. This will mean Meta will stop collecting information used for these, even if you previously granted permission.

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Global survey reports cybersecurity spend up 51% in a year, but CISOs & CEOs fear companies unprepared to face growing risks

May 17, 2022

Thoughtlab’s benchmark study of 1,200 diverse large organizations in 16 countries found that while more than $125.2 billion annually has been spent to shore up this area, the rapidly evolving threat landscape has many companies at significant risk. Weak links are: complexity of supply chain (44%), rapid digital innovation (41%), and inadequate budget plus lack of executive support (28% each).

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Children’s Privacy: EU legislation intended to lead fight against child sexual abuse – instead terrifies privacy advocates

May 17, 2022

The EU this week proposed legislation to mandate tech companies aggressively screen for and remove child sexual abuse material (CSAM). However, while that should be welcome news to child privacy advocates, the breadth and scope of what’s proposed had a chilling effect. Concerns are that it would impose extreme obligations on chat and other communication services, including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger to broadly scan user messages looking for CSAM or solicitation of children via AI systems. But, privacy advocates feel the general nature of such detection orders that would be issued by individual EU nations, could leave the door open to more generalized surveillance.

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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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