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Timnit Gebru’s team at Google is going public with their side of the story

Google employees who worked with Timnit Gebru are coming out publicly to dispute claims against the star AI ethics researcher.

On Monday, the team published a letter on the Google Walkout Medium account firmly stating that Gebru was fired and did not resign as Google’s head of artificial intelligence, Jeff Dean, said. They also said the publication review policy that Gebru was supposed to follow was applied “unevenly and discriminatorily.”

Source: Timnit Gebru’s team at Google is going public with their side of the story – The Verge

Swedish court rejects Google’s appeal in RTBF case

The Swedish Administrative Court of Stockholm confirmed Google violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation in several instances and rejected Google’s motion that Sweden’s data protection authority’s, Datainspektionen, decisions repealed due to formal deficiencies.

The court upheld the fine of SEK 50 million, while the court lowered the fine for one violation from SEK 25 million to 2 million. The fine was lowered because one complaint was partly dismissed and one instance was not considered a violation (since Google adhered to the injunction without undue delay).

Source: Swedish court rejects Google’s appeal in RTBF case

Google Researcher Fired For Paper on AI Bias

Timnit Gebru, a well-respected Google researcher, one of the few Black women in her field,  said she was fired by the company after criticizing its approach to minority hiring and the biases built into today’s artificial intelligence systems.

Her departure from Google highlights growing tension between Google’s outspoken work force and its buttoned-up senior management, while raising concerns over the company’s efforts to build fair and reliable technology. It may also have a chilling effect on both Black tech workers and researchers who have left academia in recent years for high-paying jobs in Silicon Valley.

Source: Google Researcher Timnit Gebru Says She Was Fired For Paper on AI Bias – The New York Times

Android apps with millions of downloads are vulnerable to serious attacks

Android apps with hundreds of millions of downloads are vulnerable to attacks that allow malicious apps to steal contacts, login credentials, private messages, and other sensitive information. Security firm Check Point said that the Edge Browser, the XRecorder video and screen recorder, and the PowerDirector video editor are among those affected.

The vulnerability actually resides in the Google Play Core Library, which is a collection of code made by Google. The library allows apps to streamline the update process by, for instance, receiving new versions during runtime and tailoring updates to an individual app’s specific configuration or a specific phone model the app is running on.

Source: Android apps with millions of downloads are vulnerable to serious attacks | Ars Technica

Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app

“We recognize that your conversations are private,” says Google.

Google is upping the security for at least some of the conversations on its Messages app by adding end-to-end encryption.

It will be rolling out end-to-end encryption on Messages, starting with one-on-one conversations between people using the Rich Communication Services-based version of the app.

Source: Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app | ZDNet

Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Folksam, one of the largest insurance companies in Sweden, today disclosed a data breach affecting around 1 million Swedes after sharing customers’ personal info with multiple technology giants.

The insurer discovered the data breach after an internal audit according and reported the incident to the Swedish Data Protection Authority.

The personal data shared by Folksam includes various types of info such as social security numbers or that an individual purchased union or pregnancy insurance.

Source: Folksam data breach leaks info of 1M Swedes to Google, Facebook, more

Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy

Italy’s competition authority has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s display ad business — adding another allegation of abuse of a dominant position to the tech giant’s regulatory woes.

In a press release announcing the action the AGCM said it “questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing effectively as well as adversely affecting consumers”.

The probe follows a complaint by local ad lobby group the IAB Italy, which says the investigation must be concluded by November 2021.

Source: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy | TechCrunch

EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads

The EU parliament has backed a call for tighter regulations on behavioral ads (aka microtargeting) in favor of less intrusive, contextual forms of advertising — urging Commission lawmakers to also assess further regulatory options, including looking at a phase-out leading to a full ban.

MEPs also want Internet users to be able to opt out of algorithmic content curation altogether. The legislative initiative, introduced by the Legal Affairs committee, sets the parliament on a collision course with the business model of tech giants Facebook and Google.

Source: EU parliament backs tighter rules on behavioural ads | TechCrunch

Google Releases Results From Early Tests Of Cohort-Based Advertising

For the past couple of months, Google has been actively testing its Privacy Sandbox proposal for interest-based cohorts, and the preliminary results are in.

The proposal, dubbed FLoC – aka, “federated learning of cohorts” – calls for using on-device machine learning to group people based on their common browsing behavior as an alternative to third-party cookies.

Imagine cohorts of coffee lovers, guitar players, young mothers or car intenders labeled with random alphanumeric strings. Advertisers could bid on impressions associated with a particular FLoC label on exchanges or in DSPs.

Source: Google Releases Results From Early Tests Of Cohort-Based Advertising | AdExchanger

EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals

European Union regulators have reportedly drawn up a “hit list” of around 20 tech giants, potentially including Facebook, Apple and Google.

The internet platforms will be hit with tougher regulations than their smaller rivals under the new rules. They will be forced to share data with competitors and be more transparent on how they gather information. he list will be drawn up based on market share and number of users.

Source: EU regulators draw up ‘hit list’ of tech giants to share data with small rivals : CityAM

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