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Consumers Less Confident About Healthcare, Data Privacy, and Car Safety, New Survey Finds

Consumer Reports’ second Consumer Voices Survey finds consumers’ confidence on healthcare, data privacy, and car safety has fallen since January when the new Administration took office.

Source: Consumers Less Confident About Healthcare, Data Privacy, and Car Safety, New Survey Finds – Consumer Reports

N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

The National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it has halted its warrantless surveillance program. This program was one of the most disputed forms of surveillance which dates back to the post-9/11 expansion of national security powers by Bush administration.

Source: N.S.A. Halts Collection of Americans’ Emails About Foreign Targets

Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

Facebook released its latest Global Government Requests Report covering the second half of 2016. The report shows that over first half 2016 requests for account data increased by nine percent. Half of the data requests are from law enforcement in the U.S. containing a non-disclosure order that prohibited Facebook from notifying the user on request.

Source: Facebook transparency report signals need for privacy guidelines

New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

Thanks to new set of regulations in the European Union, customers of U.S. financial institutions – banks, credit-card companies and insurance companies – soon will enjoy better protection of their personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will force companies to be more transparent about the type of data they collect on individuals, how that data is used and when personal information is exposed in a breach.

GDPR takes effect in May 2018 and will apply to all companies that process data on EU citizens, even if they are located outside EU. It is also expected that large multinational companies, including financial institutions, operating in multiple jurisdictions will adopt single set of rules throughout their operations, rather than try to enforce multiple sets of rules across locations.

Source: New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

Almost two-thirds of American consumers welcome advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity is among the areas where assistance from AI has the most appeal, according to a new survey.

Sixty-three percent of consumers agree AI will “help solve complex problems that plague modern societies,” according to the survey, published Tuesday by the accounting and consulting firm PwC. When respondents were asked about different kinds of issues that AI might help with, 68 percent highlighted cybersecurity and privacy, while 66 percent chose its importance in helping to solve cancer and other diseases and 71 percent agreed AI could provide educational help to disadvantaged schoolchildren.

Source: Beyond concerns about AI, consumers see usefulness — particularly in cybersecurity, privacy

NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

Quietly flying under the radar in the fitness wearables market is Whoop, a manufacturer of high-end wrist-worn straps that measure data 100 times per second. In what could turn out to be one of the more bizarre licensing agreements ever, the startup struck a deal with the NFL Players Association today that will make it possible for players to sell their health data.

Source: NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

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