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US says Google routinely destroyed evidence and lied about use of auto-delete

Ars Technica: “The US government asked a federal court to sanction Google for allegedly using an auto-delete function on chats to destroy evidence needed in an antitrust lawsuit while falsely telling the government that it suspended its auto-deletion practices. The US motion to sanction Google seeks a ruling that Google violated the rule against spoliation… Continue Reading

EPIC, Coalition Call for ICE to Cancel Contract with LexisNexis for Invasive Surveillance Databases

EPIC: “In a letter signed by more than 80 immigrant rights, racial justice, government accountability, human rights, and privacy organizations, EPIC and coalition members called upon ICE not to renew a $22 million contract for a suite of surveillance services. LexisNexis gives ICE agents access to the Accurint database compiled from thousands of sources and… Continue Reading

NSA Releases Best Practices For Securing Your Home Network

“The National Security Agency (NSA) released the “Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network” Cybersecurity Information Sheet (CSI) today to help teleworkers protect their home networks from malicious cyber actors. “In the age of telework, your home network can be used as an access point for nation-state actors and cybercriminals to steal sensitive information,” said… Continue Reading

Generative AI Is Coming For the Lawyers

Wired – “Large law firms are using a tool made by OpenAI to research and write legal documents. What could go wrong? “David Wakeling, head of London-based law firm Allen & Overy’s markets innovation group, first came across law-focused generative AI tool Harvey in September 2022. He approached OpenAI, the system’s developer, to run a… Continue Reading

60% of Americans Would Be Uncomfortable With Provider Relying on AI in Their Own Health Care

“A new Pew Research Center survey explores public views on artificial intelligence (AI) in health and medicine – an area where Americans may increasingly encounter technologies that do things like screen for skin cancer and even monitor a patient’s vital signs. The survey finds that on a personal level, there’s significant discomfort among Americans with… Continue Reading

New Recommended Practice, Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines

Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. NISO RP-41-2023, Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines, now Published! “The new Recommended Practice, NISO RP-41-2023, Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines, was approved February 10 and published February 13, 2023. Comments received during the public comment period in 2022 remain available. Background Information: In today’s academic, research and professional information… Continue Reading

The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2023

A report by the UN’s Humanitarian Data Exchange. “This report was produced in February 2023 by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Centre for Humanitarian Data, which manages the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform…In our fourth year of producing The State of Open Humanitarian Data, we can report the highest… Continue Reading

Data Brokers and the Sale of Americans’ Mental Health Data

Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Data Brokers and the Sale of Americans’ Mental Health Data The Exchange of Our Most Sensitive Data and What It Means for Personal Privacy, February 13, 2022, by Joanne Kim. “This report includes findings from a two-month-long study of data brokers and data on U.S. individuals’ mental health… Continue Reading

New York Moves Against Stalkerware, A Tool for Domestic Abuse

Bloomberg: Apps disguised as child safety software are used to monitor spouses, officials say. “Stalkers and domestic abusers in the US for years have been able to access the kind of surveillance tools typically associated with foreign spies. That’s all because of a pervasive industry that promises to help people who want to secretly monitor… Continue Reading

Mastodon for writers/readers

Robert Kingett – BlindJournalist: “I finally did it. I deleted Twitter completely. I requested my data] (, move completely to the Fediverse, and checked to see who I follow is on the Fediverse at large. Shockingly, more than half my followers and almost all of my friends have made the switch. I started using social… Continue Reading

Why Switching to a Paid Email Provider Is Better for Online Privacy and Security

MakeUseOf: “Free email services have dominated the market for a long time—Gmail alone has more than one and a half billion active users worldwide. However, many users have switched to or are considering switching to a paid email provider for better security. Several paid email services, including Proton Mail, Tutanota, CounterMail, and others, were introduced… Continue Reading

ChatGPT is a data privacy nightmare

The Conversation – If you’ve ever posted online, you ought to be concerned: “ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Within two months of its release it reached 100 million active users, making it the fastest-growing consumer application ever launched. Users are attracted to the tool’s advanced capabilities – and concerned by its potential to… Continue Reading