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Daily Archives: March 29, 2023

Coalition Urge FCC to Provide All Consumers With Robust Protection From Data Breaches

“Last week, EPIC, along with the Center for Democracy and Technology, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Public Knowledge, jointly filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to prioritize protecting consumers from data breaches by explicitly naming and outlining its multiple sources of legal authority to protect privacy. As the comments explain, this authority includes the FCC’s power to protect Social Security Numbers and not merely phone service usage information (what is traditionally described as Customer Proprietary Network Information, or CPNI). The reply comments build on EPIC’s original comments to the agency in February, which noted that the trajectory of breaches and inadequate data security at telecom companies has gotten worse over time. The comments also include updates regarding breaches that had happened at each of the three largest carriers already revealed within the first three months of 2023. The advocates particularly urged the FCC to protect the privacy of Telecommunications Relay Service users (as TRS breaches could include transcript information) and non-customers (e.g., former customers and prospective customers). The comments reiterate that consumers should be informed of any breach and not be left in the dark just because the breached company has determined the breach is unlikely to result in harm. The comments also suggest that the Commission explore how the FCC and partner agencies might protect data collected from web-enabled vehicles.”

Libraries Need More Freedom to Distribute Digital Books

The Atlantic: “Last week, a district court judge in New York ruled on Hachette Book Group, Inc. v. Internet Archive, a case that is likely to shape how we read books on smartphones, tablets, and computers in the future. Although the case hinged on technical details of copyright law, the source of the conflict is… Continue Reading

The criminal use of ChatGPT – a cautionary tale about large language models

EUROPOL: “In response to the growing public attention given to ChatGPT, the Europol Innovation Lab organised a number of workshops with subject matter experts from across Europol to explore how criminals can abuse large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT, as well as how it may assist investigators in their daily work.  Their insights are… Continue Reading

Report Identifies PFAS Injected into at least 1,600 Oil and Gas Wells

Industry-Friendly State Disclosure Rules May Shield Far Broader Use. “Previously unpublicized information unearthed by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) shows that since at least 2013, oil and gas companies have used more than 21 tons (43,000 pounds) of a class of extremely toxic and persistent chemicals known as PFAS in hydraulic fracturing of oil and… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Prohibition on Use by the United States Government of Commercial Spyware that Poses Risks to National Security

March 27, 2023 – “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  Section 1.  Policy.  Technology is central to the future of our national security, economy, and democracy.  The United States has fundamental national security and foreign… Continue Reading

How unbelievably realistic fake images could take over the internet

Vox: “..In just a few short years, AI-generated images have come a long way. In a more innocent time (2015) Google released “DeepDream,” which used Google’s artificial neural network programs — that is, artificial intelligence that’s been trained to learn in a way that mimics a human brain’s neural networks — to recognize patterns in… Continue Reading

Banks, Financial Industry Hit by Rising Ransomware Attacks

Bloomberg via Wealth Management: “Ransomware gangs didn’t come out with any big new innovations last year, but “what 2022 lacked in innovation it made up for in volume,” according to a report by a financial services group. In its annual outlook on cyber threats, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, reported that… Continue Reading

Declassified report suggests “Havana syndrome” could result from energy weapon

Salon: “A newly obtained declassified report prepared for the director of national intelligence by a panel of experts appears to show conclusively that “Havana syndrome” — a cluster of unexplained symptoms experienced by diplomats and government personnel abroad — is not a naturally occurring health problem. It does not reach any conclusions about who or… Continue Reading

Consumer Help Center and FDIC Resource Guide

San Francisco Fed: “Consumer Help Center and FDIC Resource Guide – If you have questions about a business or personal bank account, please visit the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Help Center at, or contact the center at 1-888-851-1920 or [email protected]. Information about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) can be found at For questions… Continue Reading