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Daily Archives: July 31, 2019

Skip Cash for Equifax Breach and Get Credit Monitoring, F.T.C. Tells Victims

Follow up to previous postings –Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting and Proving you deserve $20,000 from the Equifax settlement will be nearly impossible – today via The New York Times:

“Overwhelmed by requests from consumers seeking compensation related to the giant 2017 data breach at the credit bureau Equifax, the Federal Trade Commission is recommending that people accept free credit monitoring rather than cash. In a blog post published on Wednesday, the agency announced that because of the high volume of requests, the F.T.C. would not be able to offer $125 to consumers whose data was hacked, the upper limit of what was initially offered. Instead, the commission is recommending that consumers seek credit-monitoring services. “The public response to the settlement has been overwhelming,” wrote Robert Schoshinski, assistant director of the F.T.C.’s division of privacy and identity protection, referring to an agreement reached with Equifax last week. As a result, “each person who takes the money option will wind up only getting a small amount of money,” he added. “Nowhere near the $125 they could have gotten if there hadn’t been such an enormous number of claims filed.”…”

When you get data in sentences: how to use a spreadsheet to extract numbers from phrases

Online Journalism Blog: “Earlier this month the BBC Data Unit published a story on unduly lenient sentences which involved working with data that was trapped in phrases. We needed to be able to take a collection of words such as “11 years and 5 months’ imprisonment” and convert that into something that could be used… Continue Reading

Law Librarians: The Missing Link As Solo & Small Firm Lawyers Adapt to Artificial Intelligence

Via LLRX – Law Librarians: The Missing Link As Solo & Small Firm Lawyers Adapt to Artificial Intelligence – A Three Part Article In her three part article on AI in Legal Research and Law Practice, Carolyn Elefant, attorney, tech guru, and legal blogger, shares actionable information, knowledge and topical resources that were the foundation… Continue Reading

This Tiny Traveling Bookstore Wanders the French Countryside

Architectural Design: “Jean-Jacques Megel-Nuber’s first drawing of his imagined bookstore on wheels had little in common with its final design. “It looked like the cabins in a Christmas market,” says Megel-Nuber, who is from the Alsace region of eastern France, known for its festive seasonal markets. He had originally thought about opening a brick-and-mortar bookshop… Continue Reading

Our lax cybersecurity policies put our elections and our data at risk

CNN Perspectives – Andrew Grotto – “Our national discussions about cybersecurity and privacy follow a frustrating pattern: a headline-grabbing incident like the recent Capital One breach occurs, Congress wrings its hands and policymakers more or less move on. So it is no surprise cybersecurity hasn’t been much of a focus as the race to the… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019  – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading