The US just released 10 principles that it hopes will make AI safer

The White House has released 10 principles for government agencies to adhere to when proposing new AI regulations for the private sector. The move is the latest development of the American AI Initiative, launched via executive order by President Trump early last year to create a national strategy for AI. It is also part of an ongoing effort to maintain US leadership in the field.

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Whaling: how it works, and what your organisation can do about it

A guide to ‘whaling’ – targeted phishing attacks aimed at senior executives.

Whaling is a highly targeted phishing attack – aimed at senior executives – masquerading as a legitimate email. Whaling is digitally enabled fraud through social engineering, designed to encourage victims to perform a secondary action, such as initiating a wire transfer of funds.

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White Paper – 5 Steps You Must Take to Prepare for the CCPA

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act creates new protections for the personal data of California residents and new requirements for the businesses that process it. With CCPA’s 12-month look back from the effective date, enforcement beginning July 2020, and a private right of action tied to data breaches, some critical action is needed now.   Go to the IAPP Site for full story and white paper: 

Focusing on Privacy Won’t Solve Facebook’s Problems

At Facebook’s annual developer conference on April 30, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a major change for the social media platform: a shift to privacy. Facebook’s redesign, which was first announced in a blog post in March, aims to prioritize private, encrypted messaging (on Facebook Messenger as well as Facebook-acquired WhatsApp and Instagram’s Direct Messaging) and Facebook groups over the more public “town square”-style News Feed that has been the cornerstone of the platform since its founding. Private messaging, Zuckerberg argued, is the future of social media communications.


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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back into the Water – CCPA 2, the Sequel

f you’ve been feeling encouraged about your company’s preparation for the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) launch on January 1, 2020, you may not want to breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Alastair Mactaggart, the founder and board chair of Californians for Consumer Privacy (one of the coauthors of the CCPA), is hoping that a new initiative that he announced is put on the November 2020 ballot in California. Mactaggart filed the 51-page ballot initiative with the California Attorney General on Sept. 25, 2019, with minor modifications made in an updated filing on Oct. 2, 2019.


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California governor gives nod of approval to seven CCPA amendments

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed revisions to the California Consumer Privacy Act, which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020. The amendments add a bit more clarity and provide a partial but mostly temporary reprieve for those who must comply with it.

“The seven amendments signed by Governor Gavin Newsom alleviate some short-term issues for business,” explains Cillian Kieran, the CEO of data privacy company Ethyca.

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