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Schools are using AI to track their students

Any US school that receives federal funding is required to have an internet-safety policy. As school-issued tablets and Chromebook laptops become more commonplace, schools must install technological guardrails to keep their students safe.

While some simply block inappropriate websites, others turn to Safety Management Platforms (SMPs) that use natural-language processing to scan through the millions of words typed on school computers. If a word or phrase might indicate bullying or self-harm behavior, it gets surfaced for a team of humans to review. But even in an age of student suicides and school shootings, when do security precautions start to infringe on students’ freedoms?

Source: Schools are using AI to track their students — Quartz

U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger

The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect’s voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources | Reuters

California Privacy Protection Act will impact Ad Tech

On June 28, the California Legislature hastily passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The law, which takes effect in less than 1 ½ years, Jan. 1, 2020, ushers in a GDPR-light approach here in the United States. No more buffer. No more distant regulators unable or unwilling to reach US companies on their home turf. If they haven’t already done so, the time for ad tech companies to change the way they store and process data is fast approaching.

Read article: Should Ad Tech Panic Over The California Privacy Protection Act Now Or Later? | AdExchanger

Police can now access your iPhone without your help

A newly developed tool aimed at cracking the code of Apple iPhones is being pursued or already in the hands of several Bay Area law enforcement agencies. While facial recognition, fingerprint and passcodes may seem secure, there’s a new way for police to get around it.

Source: Police can now access your iPhone without your help – Story | KTVU

Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

Věra Jourová, The EU Commissioner for Justice, has written to the US Commerce Secretary, warning that the US has three months to comply with EU’s demands concerning the sharing of private data ascertaining to EU citizens. In the letter, Ms Jourová demanded progress from the US in appointing an ombudsman to deal with privacy related complaints from EU citizens before the US Commerce Secretary visits Brussels in October.

Source: Jourová Puts Trump administration on notice with letter to America

Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an unprecedented appeal by Facebook over a High Court judge’s decision to refer to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) key issues concerning the validity of EU-US data transfer channels.

Source: Supreme Court to hear Facebook appeal over data transfers referral

Consumers are not acting on privacy concerns when using mobile applications

Consumers are becoming concerned about their privacy when using mobile applications, finds a survey carried out in the US, but they are not acting on the concerns. The survey, from Kaspersky Lab, found that 61% of people are uncomfortable with sharing their location information with websites and applications.

Source: Consumers are not acting on privacy concerns when using mobile applications

The Trump administration is talking to Facebook and Google about potential rules for online privacy

The Trump administration is quietly crafting a new proposal to protect web users’ online privacy, aiming to blunt global criticism that the absence of strict federal rules in the United States has enabled data mishaps at Facebook and others in Silicon Valley.

Source: The Trump administration is talking to Facebook and Google about potential rules for online privacy – The Washington Post

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