European Commission releases proposed regulatory framework governing artificial intelligence

April 27, 2021

The European Commission has recently released its proposed regulation of Artificial Intelligence. It is the first ever legal framework on AI.  Given the impact of the European Union’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on worldwide data collection, use, storage and security this proposal, if the Artificial Intelligence Act becomes European law it will have similarly significant impact. The proposal runs to 108 pages with 17 pages of attachments.  It will be a seriously large, laborious and slow process to go from its proposal to adoption stage.

There is a useful 10 page overview titled Communication on Fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence.  And being the EU there is a 66 page overlong and detailed plan on AI titled Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence 2021 Review.

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Facebook suffers significant data breach all the while the Government proposes to require people to provide more personal information to it

April 7, 2021

Facebook, hardly the paragon of virtue, has had a data breach involving more than 500 million people. The latest firm estimate is it involved 533 million.  The data published on line includes names, phone numbers, email addresses, account IDs and biographies.  According to the Record the information leaked included phone numbers which are not public for most profiles.  Plenty of material to doing a bit of identity theft. 

The leak involved an attacker using a vulnerability in the Facebook contacts importer features.  The attackers were able to link random phone numbers to specific users.  As is commonly the case these days the attacker remained and collected data until Facebook detected the process and cut of access. The attack occurred 2 years ago, though Read the rest of this entry »

Android handsets track users movements and send information to Google…even when location history is turned off

August 18, 2020

Stories about Google knowing more about its users than the users themselves are so ubiquitous, like Google, that they rarely make their way onto the back page of a paper let alone the front page.  What is more concerning and noteworthy is recent run of stories of social media platforms, like Facebook, and data collecting companies, like Google, collecting and using data contrary to the supposed settings.  The Australian reports on the latest example of this egregious behaviour with Google knows your every move even with ‘location history’ off.  In short Google is tracking a phone’s movements even when settings to protect privacy are activated.  The way this was determined was through a test where software was installed to detect (described as tap) data being sent to Google.  This data stream was identified.  The nub of the problem is that the consent to use data went beyond that which was agreed, with that data being sold by brokers to police forces, governments and spy agencies.  The data collected includes Read the rest of this entry »