Sunday, July 14, 2019

Really reads like a cover up.
New Bedford: public release of info on cyber attack could put city at further risk
Cyber professionals have “strongly advised” the city against providing any details about the impacts of a computer virus that has shut down municipal computers for more than a week.
Jonathan Carvalho, the city’s public information officer, released a statement late Friday that said New Bedford continues to implement restoration plans on its municipal computer network. For most of a week the city has provided little information about what is going on with a virus that has at least shut down some of the computers at both City Hall and in the Fire Department. It is not known what other departments may be affected although officials have said the police are not involved and neither is the 911 emergency network.
The city has refused to say exactly how many computers are down, where they are located, the name of the cyber security consultant it is working with or how much money the shutdown may be costing New Bedford. The city has said it has insurance against meltdown that could take out the network. [That’s pretty vague. Has the network been impacted? Bob]

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Whose idea was this? Was there any documentation suggesting this approach had official sanction or was it just the result of agent boredom?
From Papers, Please!:
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of DHS has agreed to a settlement with passengers who were ordered to show ID documents before they were allowed to leave a Delta Air Lines plane after it arrived in New York after a flight from San Francisco.
Nine of the passengers on the February 2017 flight, represented by the ACLU and cooperating lawyers from Covington & Burling, sued the CBP and CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. They complained that the warrantless, suspicionless dragnet search of the ID documents of everyone on the plane violated the 4th Amendment, and that the CBP policy for such searches was invalid.
Read more on Papers, Please!

A change in method?
Zack Whittaker reports:
T-Mobile has reported a small decline in the number of government data requests it receives, according to its latest transparency report, quietly published this week.
The third-largest cell giant in the U.S. reported 459,989 requests during 2018, down by a little over 1% on the year earlier. That includes an overall drop in subpoenas, court orders and pen registers and trap and trace devices used to record the incoming and outgoing callers; however, the number of search warrants issued went up by 27% and wiretaps increased by almost 3%.
Read more on TechCrunch.

Speech is not text – why not?
The GDPR & Speech Data: Reflections of Legal and Technology Communities, First Steps towards a Common Understanding
Privacy preservation and the protection of speech data is in high demand, not least as a result of recent regulation, e.g. the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. While there has been a period with which to prepare for its implementation, its implications for speech data is poorly understood. This assertion applies to both the legal and technology communities, and is hardly surprising since there is no universal definition of 'privacy', let alone a clear understanding of when or how the GDPR applies to the capture, storage and processing of speech data.

Employees are people? What a concept!
Jason C. Gavejian and Joseph J. Lazzarotti of Jackson Lewis write:
Employers, you are not out of the CCPA woods yet.
If you have been tracking the proposed amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), you know that businesses and stakeholders have been clamoring to shape the new sweeping law in a number of ways. We reported earlier this year on some of the potential changes approved by the California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, which moved on for further consideration. Upon arrival at the Senate Judiciary Committee, several of these business-friendly changes met some resistance, including AB 25 which generally would have excluded employee personal information from being covered under the CCPA.
While employers had hoped AB 25 would amend the CCPA to exclude information gathered in the employment context outright, on July 9, 2019, the California Senate Judiciary Committee clarified that will not be the case.

Why AI is so appealing?
Workers waste half their time as they struggle with data
As data grows in complexity, data workers waste time searching for and preparing data instead of gaining insights according to a new report.
The State of Data Science and Analytics report shows that data workers spend 90% of their working week (around 36 hours) on data-related activities such as searching, preparation and analytics.

Every generation invents the world anew. The Internet is merely the medium.
How the internet has changed the way we talk
People of a certain age were trained to use exclamation points to indicate excitement or even anger. And they never imagined that a simple period at the end of a sentence could get them into hot water.
But the social-media age has twisted the meanings of some of our most basic words and punctuation marks, reveals Wired magazine’s resident linguist Gretchen McCulloch in her new book, “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language” (Riverhead), out July 23.
In our current world, periods are now seen as aggressive, and a cartoon of a smelly poo is considered perfectly acceptable communication. [I’ll believe that when I see it in a legal brief. Bob]
Definition: The “haphazard mashing of fingers against the keyboard to signal a feeling so intense you can’t possibly type real words.”
So, if someone types “asdfkf;jas” in a tweet, they’re likely trying to say they’re overwhelmed.
… Using a period for short messages has come to be seen as outright aggressive by Gen Z.
The first widespread indicator, McCulloch writes, came in 2009, when an Urban Dictionary user defined a period as “the new cool way to emphasize (usually moody-ass) sarcasm.”

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