AT&T says it’ll stop selling location data amid calls for federal investigation [washingtonpost] “In light of recent reports about the misuse of location services, we have decided to eliminate all location aggregation services — even those with clear consumer benefits,” AT&T said in a statement. “We are immediately eliminating the remaining services and will be done in March.” (italics mine – what “clear consumer benefits’ are is unclear. Customer permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance, or when required by law use case are already carved out. – ED)
Tech industry searches for Next Big Thing at CES 2019 [FT] The next wave of technology will make even bigger intrusions into the lives of users. At the heart of this, of course, is artificial intelligence. If there was a unifying message underpinning the consumer technology on display this week, it was: “AI in everything”. The next devices and computing platforms will rely on a deep understanding of both you and the world around them. At CES, cameras, microphones and sensors were everywhere, from the smart speakers that act as vehicles for personal assistants to the surveillance systems embedded in semi-driverless cars to monitor driver attention.
Preliminary In-Season U.S. Influenza Burden Estimates [CDC] confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5% of the U.S. population (~27 million people). Estimates of flu-related deaths will be provided at a later time
Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down [zdnet] Over 80 government websites are down after TLS certificates expired and there’s nobody on hand to renew them.
Are Privacy Concerns Halting Smart Cities Indefinitely? [Forbes] Also, there’s a deeper philosophical element to smart cities too. At what point does the data collection become too much? A government entity will have access to tons of information about its citizens. Do we need to be wary of a situation like that? When is privacy more important that convenience? (this could have been a way better story)
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