Pseudo-AI: The ethical and legal ramifications

(Jul 20, 2018) The rise of pseudo-AI, or using humans to perform work intended for an artificial intelligence or supplementing an AI under development, has prompted legal and ethical questions. "Ideally, a system utilizing a pseudo-AI is never exposed to the public; however, as agile software development approaches become more popular, this is less true," IAPP Westin Research Fellow Nicholas Schmidt writes. The practice has led some companies to employ workers who end up reading receipts and emails of unsuspec... Read More

Consumer Reports: Facebook fixes 'privacy bug' in iPhones

(Jul 20, 2018) Facebook has fixed what Consumer Reports has called a "privacy bug" that affected ad preferences for iPhone users, according to the consumer advocacy group. Technicians at Consumer Reports found that a screen on Facebook's mobile app for iPhones "could mislead consumers about their ad preferences." The organization concluded the design and language on the screen could "nudge people toward sharing the maximum amount of data with the company." Facebook characterized the issue as a "technical glitc... Read More

Browser maker urges EU to defend PbD in ePrivacy Reg

(Jul 20, 2018) Brave, a privacy-enhancing browser, has written to all 28 European Union member states urging them not to remove the Article 10 provision on privacy by design and by default from the pending ePrivacy Regulation. In a blog post, Brave's Johnny Ryan wrote, "The Council of Ministers is weighing not only how best to protect privacy, but also publisher sustainability and the future of the Digital Single Market. We believe these things are compatible." The letters also, "perhaps for the first time," c... Read More

The ethical and legal ramifications of using 'pseudo-AI'

(Jul 20, 2018) Olivia Solon recently wrote an excellent article in the Guardian covering the use of “pseudo-AI” by tech startups. Pseudo-AI, or human workers performing work eventually intended for an artificial intelligence or supplementing an AI still under development, is a common prototyping practice, necessitated by the inherit difficulty and large datasets necessary to create an AI. Ideally, a system utilizing a pseudo-AI is never exposed to the public, however, as agile software development approaches ... Read More

OPC finds company's use of Facebook profiles violated Canadian privacy law

(Jul 20, 2018) In a news release, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced New Zealand–based social network and search engine startup Profile Engine violated Canadian privacy law when it scraped public profiles of approximately 4.5 million Canadians for reuse on its own site. The company has claimed it has profile information of more than 420 million people. Though Profile argued the information was public and that consent was not needed, the OPC's "investigation determined that was not the c... Read More

Senators: Privacy law must keep up with tech

(Jul 20, 2018) In a column for the Toronto Star, Sens. Art Eggleton and Raymonde Saint-Germain opine that Canadian privacy law is not keeping up with advancing technology. Citing a survey conducted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, which found 74 percent of respondents felt they had less protection of their personal information than a decade prior, and in conjunction with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica revelations, "Canadians are right to be concerned," they write. "Canada needs to model i... Read More

Man sues Facebook $500K for 'anxiety' from Cambridge Analytica revelations

(Jul 20, 2018) A man from Toronto is suing Facebook $500,000 for the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing revelations, IT Business Canada reports. Alfonzo Mattucci filed suit against the company over claims he has received hundreds of unsolicited calls and emails since the incident. A lawyer for Mattucci said his client was notified twice from Facebook that his "personal information had been improperly accessed and shared with Cambridge Analytica without his consent or knowledge." Darryl Singer, Mattucci's lawyer,... Read More

Indian officials refuse to provide Facebook's latest response

(Jul 19, 2018) Citing the information was shared “in confidence,” Indian officials refused to fulfill an RTI query filed by news agency PTI, which had requested that they share Facebook’s response about Cambridge Analytica and the data breach involving millions of users, BloombergQuint reports. India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said, “They have requested to treat the information contained in their letter as confidential and have furnished (it) only for use of authority.” The response f... Read More

Zuckerberg talks Cambridge Analytica, privacy in Recode interview

(Jul 19, 2018) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with Recode's Kara Swisher for an in-depth and wide-ranging interview, including about Cambridge Analytica, misinformation, regulation of social media, the role Russia played on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election, and user privacy. Zuckerberg also discussed the EU General Data Protection Regulation. "During the GDPR flows, and rolling that out, one of the specific things that we needed to do was get specific opt-in permission from people to use i... Read More

FDA issues guidelines for EHRs used in clinical trials

(Jul 19, 2018) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidance for organizations using electronic health record data for FDA-regulated clinical trials, GovInfoSecurity reports. Included in the guidance, titled "Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations: Guidance for Industry," are requirements to ensure EHRs have privacy and security controls in place. If EHR data is collected from "foreign" sources, groups need to think about whether such sources have "certain privacy and s... Read More