Subject: How To Stop Facebook Using Your Personal Data To Train AI
Meta has quietly introduced a Facebook privacy setting where you can request to restrict your data from being used to train its generative AI models. Here’s what you need to know about the new option, including how to access it and stop Facebook using your data to train AI.If you’re unhappy about how much data Facebook collects and how it’s used, the alternative has long been to delete Facebook entirely. However, if it’s having your data scraped to train AI models that you specifically object to, then this looks like a useful new privacy feature.How much mileage you get from your opt out request may vary depending on your location, but it’s worth a shot and at least partially addresses one of the AI ethics issues that has arisen as the technology booms in 2023….
Source: Help Net Security
[From the forewarned is forearmed dept.] 85% of phishing emails utilized malicious links in the content of the email, and spam emails increased by 30% from Q1 to Q2 2023, according to a VIPRE report.
Malicious content likely tops the Q2 2023 list because, with security awareness programs becoming increasingly more common, users are less likely to open suspicious links or attachments. Cybercriminals use malicious content to trick victims into performing an action, such as approving or submitting a payment – significantly more challenging to detect.
QR codes as key phishing attack vector – During the assessment, VIPRE also discovered that many phishing emails utilized QR codes as a primary attack method, which diverted users to a phishing page. The increased use of QR codes suggests that users are increasingly aware of traditional email-based attack techniques, such as malicious links or attachments, forcing threat actors to switch to more unconventional methods.
- BEC scams
- email security
- VIPRE Security
Source: The New York Times [free link]
As more households disconnect landline telephones and fewer families have access to broadcast television and radio, emergency managers have increasingly focused on wireless emergency notifications to instantly reach large numbers of people. But that modern system has its own limitations, relying on the resilience of cell networks and the proficiency of emergency crews across a patchwork of local agencies.
The patchwork nature of the system was made evident again last week, as Hurricane Idalia was barreling toward the Florida coast. As 30 counties announced various evacuation orders, some local agencies pushed them out via wireless alerts on the federal network, but many did not.
Unlike television, radio, road signs or social media, emergency managers can use wireless alerts to target specific neighborhoods with an alarm that can wake someone from sleep or jar them to attention.
Jeannette Sutton, a professor at the University of Albany who specializes in disaster warning alerts, said the system can be messy. There is little guidance for agencies on how to formulate the alerts, so they can sometimes go out with missing information or confusing instructions. They are often left to be sent by emergency personnel who are busy trying to fight fires or control floods.
Subject: Cars Are the Worst Product Category We Have Ever Reviewed for Privacy
Source: Mozilla Foundation
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Subject: CBP Tells Airports Its New Facial Recognition Target is 75% of Passengers Leaving the US
Source: 404 Media
“Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has told airports it plans to increase its targets for scanning passengers with facial recognition as they leave the U.S., according to an internal airport email obtained by 404 Media. The new goal will be to scan 75 percent of all passengers, the email adds. The news signals CBP’s increasing focus on biometric, and in particular facial recognition, systems at airports. Although it is unclear if related to the shift in goals, one traveler was also recently told by airline industry staff “CBP said everyone has to do it” when they asked to opt-out of facial recognition while boarding for an international flight last month…
This is a national, not per airport, goal, and applies to flights departing the U.S.,” the spokesperson added. CBP’s ultimate Congress-mandated goal is 97 percent or greater biometric exit compliance, they added…”
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Subject: How one state pushes cybersecurity to local agencies
Source: Route Fifty
Local governments and school districts trying to defend themselves against cyberattacks have long struggled with staff shortages and tight budgets. Now, state IT offices are stepping up to help. In Arizona, the statewide information security and privacy office known as Cyber Command offers cloud-based security services to state and local agencies free of charge—an approach known as whole-of-state cybersecurity that is gaining traction nationwide.
“We’re buying en masse cybersecurity tools for all of our agencies and then providing them back at no cost to them, which is sort of a novel concept,” said Ryan Murray, deputy director of Arizona’s Cyber Command and interim chief information security officer.
Source: US GAO
GAO, September 6, 2023: “The rise of artificial intelligence has created growing excitement and much debate about its potential to revolutionize entire industries. At its best, AI could improve medical diagnosis, identify potential national security threats more quickly, and solve crimes. But there are also significant concerns—in areas including education, intellectual property, and privacy. Today’s WatchBlog post looks at our recent work on how Generative AI systems (for example, ChatGPT and Bard) and other forms of AI have the potential to provide new capabilities, but require responsible oversight…Appropriate oversight will be critical to ensuring AI technologies remain effective, and keep our data safeguarded. We developed an AI Accountability Framework to help Congress address the complexities, risks, and societal consequences of emerging AI technologies….