The hottest Data Privacy Substack posts right now

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Cloud Irregular • 3696 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The cloud landscape is shifting from big hyperscalers to more specialized services like standalone databases and DIY cloud-in-a-box.
  2. Using tools like Nightshade to protect art from being exploited by AI may not be the best strategy, focusing on creating original, high-quality art is key.
  3. Google, despite criticism, remains a significant player in the tech industry, seen as a symbol of intellectual prowess and innovation.
bookbear express • 231 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on the importance of preserving digital messages and memories, expressing a strong emotional attachment to them.
  2. There's a contrast drawn between the perceived permanence of digital life and its actual fragility, highlighting the significance of digital memories.
  3. The preference to retain digital messages is likened to the author's aversion to losing memories, emphasizing the value placed on both physical and digital aspects of life.
One Thing • 573 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Utilize small, alternative search engines that offer unique approaches not influenced by market trends
  2. Consider using unconventional methods when searching, such as leveraging platforms like Reddit for information
  3. Prioritize authentic search experiences, focusing on genuine connections and unique discoveries rather than catering solely to algorithms
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Elliott Confidential • 137 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Use two-factor authentication and authenticator apps to protect your online travel accounts from hackers.
  2. Enable login notifications and maximize security settings on platforms to monitor any unauthorized access to your accounts.
  3. Avoid using simple or repeated passwords, practice safe Wi-Fi usage, and be cautious of urgent emails or suspicious links to prevent hacking incidents.
Numlock News • 766 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. The National Baseball Hall of Fame faced a significant financial decline in revenue and attendance in 2022.
  2. Walmart's financial services became a target for scammers, leading to billions of dollars in fraud.
  3. Biologists are concerned about the extinction of tetrapod species, with around 856 currently missing and presumed extinct.
Sriram Krishnan’s Newsletter • 137 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Content creators may need to start monetizing bot traffic as AI bots mimic human behavior on the internet.
  2. New or gated information on the internet is gaining higher value as freely available content gets indexed and scraped.
  3. Licensing collectives for independents and the debate of privacy vs. monetization are evolving trends impacting web traffic and content consumption.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 8778 implied HN points • 10 Jul 23
  1. The retraction of a scientific article on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria sparked controversy and highlighted the influence of activist movements in academia.
  2. The authors faced accusations of violating editorial policies around consent, which they refuted by claiming to have followed ethical research practices.
  3. Despite the retraction, the authors plan to continue studying the controversial topic of ROGD, emphasizing the importance of scientific inquiry and resisting censorship.
Metacurity • 39 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. London Underground is testing AI surveillance tools to monitor passengers, aiming to improve safety but facing challenges like recognizing objects accurately and potential privacy concerns.
  2. Transitioning from passwords to passkeys promises enhanced security but requires users to adapt to new ways of authentication and storage methods like dedicated password managers or physical security keys.
  3. Using SMS for account logins can lead to security vulnerabilities like SIM-swap attacks; companies should offer more secure alternatives like Authy or Google Authenticator to improve security measures.
12challenges • 1 HN point • 23 Feb 24
  1. We do not know the most viewed content on social media, despite billions of collective views on public videos.
  2. A paper found that a large percentage of views on YouTube came from a small percentage of videos, indicating a power law distribution.
  3. Strategically asking platforms to reveal their most viewed public content under specific laws is a way to unlock future data access requests and understand the influence algorithms have on information consumption.
Platformer • 3518 implied HN points • 05 Jul 23
  1. Meta released Threads, a new app challenging Twitter, with a focus on content moderation and decentralization.
  2. Threads is a text-based messaging app similar to Twitter, allowing easy following of Instagram users with limited features.
  3. The success of Threads will depend on cultivating a vibrant community and continuous improvements to user experience.
The Web Scraping Club • 19 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Browser fingerprinting is used as an alternative to cookies and raises privacy concerns due to its unique identification capabilities.
  2. Desktop devices are more easily uniquely fingerprinted compared to mobile devices, with Chrome providing more detailed configurations.
  3. Innovative approaches like using WebGPU for web fingerprinting pose privacy risks and may require countermeasures to prevent misuse.
Condensing the Cloud • 137 implied HN points • 05 Jan 24
  1. In 2024, AI will be integrated in more products, making AI-powered experiences common.
  2. The observability market is set for changes, with new companies emerging to address current challenges.
  3. Privacy and compliance will become more crucial for enterprises, particularly with the introduction of new AI-related legislation.
Deploy Securely • 19 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Effective AI governance requires clear data classification policies and procedures.
  2. Avoid unnecessarily complex ascending levels of data sensitivity for easier management.
  3. Utilize practical categories like Public, Confidential-Internal, and Confidential-External for better data handling.
Break Free with Karen Hunt • 1474 implied HN points • 26 Jul 23
  1. Elon Musk is utilizing AI and technology to potentially control and surveil every aspect of human life.
  2. Musk's empire includes SpaceX, Neuralink, Starlink, and Dogecoin, indicating a quest for power and control.
  3. There are concerns regarding Musk's ambitions to dominate space, connect humanity to AI, and collect vast amounts of data.
Easy Observations • 39 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. The agriculture industry is slow to adopt new technology and most farmers do not have access to high-tech features.
  2. John Deere dominates the precision agriculture hardware space and aims to control the flow of agriculture data.
  3. Deere's strategy involves integrating their technology with competitors' machinery through APIs to establish themselves as the central player in Ag Data.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion • 458 implied HN points • 06 Oct 23
  1. ICE increased a contract with a data broker from $816,700 to over $3.6 million to bypass a 'commercial data pause'.
  2. DHS Inspector General recommended ICE stop using location-tracking data until proper assessments are done.
  3. There were oversight gaps identified in how ICE used cellphone location data, including shared accounts and lack of supervisory review.
Fight to Repair • 138 implied HN points • 08 Dec 23
  1. The Google ad campaign conveys the message of 'Buy, Don't Repair' by promoting replacing products over repairing them, highlighting the impact of consumer culture and convenience.
  2. There is a significant focus on increasing the longevity of products through right to repair initiatives, emphasizing the importance of repairing, reusing, and reducing waste before resorting to recycling.
  3. Various issues related to repair and longevity, such as companies limiting repair resources, the spread of 'Deere disease' affecting maintenance, and the impact of support policies on vintage products, are highlighted in the text.
Metacurity • 19 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Draft Biden administration is creating an executive order to prevent foreign adversaries from accessing sensitive American data.
  2. The order will involve new restrictions on data transactions that could threaten national security.
  3. Focus on preventing foreign adversaries from legally obtaining highly sensitive personal data of Americans.
Steve Kirsch's newsletter • 12 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Trying to hide public health information is never a good idea, especially when pushing a vaccine.
  2. Health New Zealand is attempting to censor information, but refuses to explain data discrepancies.
  3. Public discussion and transparency are crucial when it comes to public health issues like this.
!important • 849 HN points • 21 Feb 23
  1. Building a Chrome extension that steals data demonstrates the potential risks of installing extensions
  2. Extensively requesting permissions can allow for covert data collection without user awareness
  3. Features like keyloggers and input capturing can be used maliciously through a Chrome extension
Book Post • 157 implied HN points • 29 Sep 23
  1. The use of AI in writing and literature is leading to negotiations and agreements to protect human creativity in industries like Hollywood and publishing.
  2. Creative professionals are facing challenges from AI, such as actors negotiating to preserve their image and narrators resisting licensing their voices to AI.
  3. There is ongoing legal and ethical debate regarding the use of AI in creative industries, with concerns about copyright infringement and the impact on authors and content creators.
Fight to Repair • 59 implied HN points • 10 Nov 23
  1. Maine voters strongly support the right to repair automotive vehicles, mirroring efforts in other states. Voting yes on Question 4 allows car owners to choose where they get their vehicles repaired.
  2. Denver's Waste No More initiative promotes deconstruction over demolition to recycle and reuse construction materials, reducing landfill waste and lowering carbon footprint. Transitioning to deconstruction on a large scale faces challenges.
  3. Recognizing the environmental impact of construction waste, Denver residents passed the Waste No More ballot initiative. The ordinance requires the separation and recycling of several materials in construction and demolition activities.
Deploy Securely • 157 implied HN points • 08 Aug 23
  1. Zoom updated its terms to allow training AI models earlier this year.
  2. Zoom clarified that it won't use audio, video, or chat content for AI training without opt-in.
  3. Be cautious about opting into Zoom's generative AI features to avoid your content becoming part of their AI models.
Concordium Monthly Updates • 117 implied HN points • 06 Sep 23
  1. ESG reporting in developing economies faces challenges like lack of awareness, resources, and regulatory frameworks.
  2. Concordium's blockchain technology offers transparency, accountability, and efficiency for ESG reporting.
  3. Concordium's use of sharding, ZKP, inbuilt identity layer, and layer 1 structure enhances ESG reporting in developing economies.