Sunday, March 03, 2019

The Privacy Foundation ( has stirred up some real interest or at least some concerns with our April 19th (changed from the 26th) seminar on “Current California Privacy Legislation” We’re even getting articles submitted that discuss (attempt to explain?) the law. Here are a few:

A quick comparison of California and GDPR
Your readiness roadmap for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

(Registration required)
A Practical Guide to CCPA Readiness: Implementing Calif.’s New Privacy Law (Part 1)

CCPA is an unfamiliar type of law for the United States due, in large part, to its broad scope. It establishes a new privacy framework for businesses that fall within its jurisdiction.

… the most far-reaching privacy law in the United States.

A comparison PDF

A comparison chart (PDF)

Should Facebook ignore legislation it thinks will have a negative impact on the company? We’re talking degree here, not direction.
Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws
Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.
The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU. The documents include details of how Facebook:
• Lobbied politicians across Europe in a strategic operation to head off “overly restrictive” GDPR legislation. They include extraordinary claims that the Irish prime minister said his country could exercise significant influence as president of the EU, promoting Facebook’s interests even though technically it was supposed to remain neutral.
• Used chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist memoir Lean In to “bond” with female European commissioners it viewed as hostile.
• Threatened to withhold investment from countries unless they supported or passed Facebook-friendly laws.

Perspective. Could these be profitable? Implications for self-driving cars?
Shared scooters don't last long
I took a look at data on scooter rides in Louisville, Kentucky, shared online as part of the city’s open data policy. The latest data is available here. The data set I used was older and included monthly data on scooter trips from August through December. It also included a unique “ID” for each scooter, a detail that was key to my analysis and has been stripped out of subsequent data sets published by Louisville. The data doesn’t differentiate between Bird and Lime, but as Bird started operations in August 2018 and Lime that November, you can assume it skews toward Bird.
With that preamble, here are some things I found:
  • The average lifespan of a scooter in Louisville from August to December was 28 days
  • Median lifespan was 23 days
  • If you stripped out scooter IDs that first appeared in December, to focus on older vehicles, the average lifespan increased slightly to 32 days and the median lifespan to 28 days
  • Still stripping out scooter IDs that started in December, the median scooter took 70 trips over 85 miles

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