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11 steps to keep Meta from stealing your data to train AI

Deborah Copaken: “You only have until June 26, 2024 to say no to Meta taking your personal photos and words and using them to train their generative AI. Here are step-by-step directions for opting out…Facebook has led to all sorts of horrors, including an orange-haired, coup-instigating felon in the White House; Russian interference in our elections; and elder scams a plenty. I’m embarrassed to admit how much raw material of my life I’ve handed over to the company now called Meta, which includes Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Threads. Especially given that, starting on June 26th, unless you make a formal request to opt-out, Meta will be stealing and scraping your data to train AI. Apparently, they have run out of other sources to feed the beast. If you, like me, do not feel comfortable having Meta harvest your data to train their AI and make it more powerful or god knows what else they’re going to do with it, you can make a request to opt out of this theft. But of course—here’s the catch—they make it extremely hard to find the correct link to do so. Moreover, if you live in the U.S., your formal request may not even be heeded. Unlike the U.K. and the European Union, countries with stronger laws about what kinds of shenanigans online companies can do to track and abuse their users, we are not protected from having our intellectual property and online habits stolen. But while all of these issues are making their way through the U.S. court system, you might as well make your objection known to Meta before the June 26 deadline. I have spent hours in abject frustration trying to do this so that you don’t have to. First of all, don’t even try to make your request on Instagram on your phone. I filled out the whole, teeny, tiny form on my teeny, tiny screen, only to be stymied by Meta hiding the SEND button too low on the screen to hit it. The next day—I needed a break—I tried doing it via Facebook, on my laptop this time, and that’s how I finally succeeded in submitting my request. I see it as my civic duty now to help you.Herewith are the 11 steps you must take to tell Meta you do not want them to scrape your data to use it to train generative AI (the 12th is kind of a joke, but feel free to do it anyway)…”

Open Source LibreChat Offers More Than Just Extra LLMs

The New Stack: “With an interface inspired by ChatGPT, LibreChat offers an “enhanced” ChatGPT clone, an open source alternative with AI model selection as a main feature — while also providing additional features and customization options (including plugins for things like Retrieval-Augmented Generation). On the Practical AI podcast, LibreChat creator Danny Avila said he’s especially… Continue Reading

Proton Drive Can Now Replace Google Photos on iPhone

HowToGeek: “Step aside, Google Photos. Proton Drive now offers automated photo backup with end-to-end encryption on iOS. This feature is available to both free and paid Proton Drive users. Proton Drive photo backup initially launched in December 2023 as an Android-exclusive feature. The new iOS implementation is practically identical to what we saw on Android—stored… Continue Reading

Nine Takeaways From Our Investigation Into Microsoft’s Cybersecurity Failures

ProPublica: “After Russian hackers exploited a flaw in a widely used Microsoft product duringone of the largest cyberattacks in U.S. history, the software giant downplayed its culpability. However, a recent ProPublica investigation revealed that a whistleblower within Microsoft’s ranks had repeatedly attempted to convince the company to address the weakness years before the hack —… Continue Reading

CISA, EAC release communications guide for state, local election offices

NextGov/FCW: “The top U.S. cybersecurity agency and federal election information clearinghouse jointly unveiled a guide to help election officials develop a public communications plan for conveying accurate information on election administration and security. Both the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Election Assistance Commission targeted state, local, tribal and territorial officials in the guidance released… Continue Reading

Your employer might be spying on your tech. Here’s how to check.

Washington Post: “Your employer may be able to see everything you’re doing on your phone or computer. They might know you’re reading this article right now. (Hi!) But how can you be sure? Companies have a growing number of ways to keep tabs on workers. They can gather details from common workplace apps and use… Continue Reading

There’s a Trump Presidential Library at the National Archives and It’s Hiring

No words for this via Washingtonian – “Now here’s a fun job listing: This position is part of the National Archives and Records Administration. Incumbent serves as the Deputy Director of the Donald J. Trump Presidential Library within the National Archives and Records Administration. Serves as a principal advisor to the Library Director. At the… Continue Reading

Data broker shuts down product related to driver behavior patterns

The Record: “The revelation earlier this year that General Motors had been selling driver behavior patterns to data brokers — who in turn packaged and resold it to insurers — has led at least one of two major data brokers to shut down its related product.  That data broker, Verisk, disclosed last month that it… Continue Reading

Google sued by top textbook publishers over ads for pirated e-books

XM: “June 5 (Reuters) – Google was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday by educational publishers Cengage, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill and Elsevier accusing the tech giant of promoting pirate copies of their textbooks. The publishers told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that Google has ignored thousands of copyright-infringement… Continue Reading

States are already collecting more abortion data. And HIPAA won’t always keep it private.

Nebraska Examiner: “Years before the Dobbs decision, providers like Dr. Kylie Cooper were already uncomfortable with some of the reporting requirements for abortion procedures in states where they practiced. Cooper was a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for several years in Idaho before she reluctantly left the state in 2023 because of the near-total abortion ban that… Continue Reading