AI spots legal problems with tech T&Cs in GDPR research project

Technology is the proverbial double-edged sword. And an experimental European research project is ensuring this axiom cuts very close to the industry’s bone indeed by applying machine learning technology to critically sift big tech’s privacy policies — to see whether AI can automatically identify violations of data protection law.

The still-in-training privacy policy and contract parsing tool — which is called ‘Claudette‘: Aka (automated) clause detector — is being developed by researchers at the European University Institute in Florence.

They’ve also now got support from European consumer organization BEUC — for a ‘Claudette meets GDPR‘ project — which specifically applies the tool to evaluate compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Early results from this project have been released today, with BEUC saying the AI was able to automatically flag a range of problems with the language being used in tech T&Cs.

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SFGATE: ‘Abolish ICE’ banner hung from Statue of Liberty

‘Abolish ICE’ banner hung from Statue of Liberty
Published on July 05, 2018 at 12:08AM by By JENNIFER PELTZ and JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty Island has been evacuated because of a climber at the Statue of Liberty.
A person climbed the statue’s base on the Fourth of July shortly after several people were arrested after hanging a banner from the statue’s pedestal calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
News helicopter video showed the climber sitting Wednesday by the bottom of the statue’s robes, about 100 feet (30 meters) aboveground. Police nearby tried to persuade the climber to descend.
Earlier, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said at least six people were taken into custody for the banner, which read “Abolish I.C.E.,” referring to part of the Department of Homeland Security.

SFGATE: Lady Liberty stamp flub to cost USPS $3.5M

Lady Liberty stamp flub to cost USPS $3.5M
Published on July 04, 2018 at 11:23PM by
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to pay $3.5 million to the sculptor of a Statue of Liberty replica at the New-York-New York casino-resort in Las Vegas after an image of the replica was mistakenly used on a stamp.
Sculptor Robert Davidson sued the Postal Service for copyright infringement over the “forever” stamp design released in 2011 that featured the face of his Lady Liberty. The Postal Service had been releasing the stamps for at least three months before discovering it was not an image of the New York statue.
Postal Service attorneys argued Davidson’s design was too similar for him to claim copyright.

These could be the specs inside Microsoft’s new cheaper Surface

It very much looks like Microsoft has a cheaper set of Surfaces in the pipeline, and thanks to some excellent digging on the part of WinFuture, we now have a better idea of how the price will be kept down: with Intel Pentium processors.

The Intel Pentium Silver N5000, Intel Pentium Gold 4410Y and Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y will be the chips lined up for the new configurations of the Surface, according to WinFuture’s source. Apologies to anyone who was hoping for an Intel Core m3 chip, as it looks like you’re out of luck.

Those processors are likely to be combined with 4GB or 8GB of RAM, according to benchmarks on the web that might well be the new devices in testing. These specs could change before the new Surfaces see the light of day, of course.

Keep taking the tablets

A less expensive line of Surface tablets makes a lot of sense when you consider that Apple’s latest iPad comes in at $329/£319/AU$469. The opening price point [...]  read more

We Have No Idea How Bad the US Tick Problem Is

When Rick Ostfeld gets bitten by a tick, he knows right away. After decades studying tick-borne diseases as an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, Ostfeld has been bitten more than 100 times, and his body now reacts to tick saliva with an intense burning sensation. He’s an exception. Most people don’t even notice that they’ve been bitten until after the pest has had time to suck up a blood meal and transfer any infections it has circulating in its spit.

Around the world, diseases spread by ticks are on the rise. Reported cases of Lyme, the most common US tick-borne illness, have quadrupled since the 1990s. Other life-threatening infections like anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are increasing in incidence even more quickly than Lyme. Meat allergies caused by tick bites have skyrocketed from a few dozen a decade [...]  read more

Milano, scontro fra due tram in centro: sei passeggeri contusi

Sei persone sono rimaste ferite lievemente nel deragliamento di un tram avvenuto a seguito dello scontro con un altro tram in piazza Cordusio, in pieno centro a Milano. Secondo quanto ricostruito finora, l’incidente avvenuto alle 17 sarebbe stato causato dall’errore o dalla distrazione di uno dei conducenti: i tram si sono scontrati a uno scambio e uno dei due è uscito dai binari. I feriti sono tutti passeggeri: le loro condizioni non sono gravi ma è stato necessario il trasporto in ospedale. Sul posto è al lavoro la polizia locale.Milano, scontro fra due tram in centro: il luogo dell’incidente
“Secondo le prime ricostruzioni – spiega in una nota Atm – la vettura proveniente da via Tommaso
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