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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 4, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 4, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity 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 increasingly… Continue Reading

Americans Can’t Consent to Companies Use of their Data

Americans Can’t Consent – Companies’ Use of Their Data – They Admit They Don’t Understand It, Say They’re Helpless to Control It, and Believe They’re Harmed When Firms Use Their Data —Making What Companies Do Illegitimate: A Report from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania – “Overview – Consent has always been a… Continue Reading

Brave Search introduces the Summarizer, an AI tool for synthesized, relevant results

brave: “The Summarizer provides concise and to-the-point answers at the top of Brave Search results pages, in response to the user’s input, solely based on Web search results. Unlike a purely generative AI model, which is prone to spout unsubstantiated assertions, we trained our large language models (LLMs) to process multiple sources of information present… Continue Reading

Satellite data: The other type of smartphone data you might not know about

Via LLRX – Satellite data: The other type of smartphone data you might not know about – Subject matter experts Tommy Cooke. Alicia Sabatino, Benjamin Muller and Kirstie Ball used critical code and documentary research methods to identify that raw satellite location measurement data are perpetually created in our devices all the time. Because satellite data… Continue Reading

OpenAI Is Now Everything It Promised Not to Be

Vice – Corporate, Closed-Source, and For-Profit. OpenAI is today unrecognizable, “with multi-billion-dollar deals and corporate partnerships. Will it seek to own its shiny AI future? OpenAI is at the center of a chatbot arms race, with the public release of ChatGPT and a multi-billion-dollar Microsoft partnership spurring Google and Amazon to rush to implement AI… Continue Reading

A Basic iPhone Feature Helps Criminals Steal Your Entire Digital Life

WSJ: “The passcode that unlocks your phone can give thieves access to your money and data; ‘it’s like a treasure box’” Via LinkedIn, Edwin Kwan – “The Wall Street Journal has written an article that will challenge your belief on the security of your digital life. It reports on how a basic iPhone feature can… Continue Reading

State Child Privacy Law Update, February 28, 2023

WilmerHale: State Child Privacy Law Update, February 28, 2023: “In addition to the numerous comprehensive privacy laws that have been proposed in at least 20 states thus far in 2023, legislative trends demonstrate an emerging focus on regulations that address specific types of information, including the personal information of children. To date, 19 such proposals… 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

How to delete your Twitter account and protect your data, too

ZDNet: “Even before all of the turmoil that’s plagued Twitter since Elon Musk’s takeover, there were many reasons why people wanted to leave it. From social media detoxes, to simply migrating to a new platform, the transition happens more than you might think. Now, since Elon Musk appears to be failing in his promise not to turn Twitter… 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