New Mexico Sues Google over Collection of Children’s Data

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families.Attorney General Hector Balderas said that while the company touts Google Education as a valuable tool for resource-deprived schools, it is a means to monitor children while they browse the internet in the classroom and at home on private networks. He said the information being mined includes everything from physical locations to websites visited, videos watched, saved passwords and contact lists.The state is seeking unspecified civil penalties.“Student safety should be the number one priority of any company providing services to our children, particularly in schools,” Balderas said in a statement. “Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, it is dangerous.”Google dismissed the claims as “factually wrong,” saying the G Suite for Education package allows schools to control account access and requires that schools obtain parental consent when necessary.“We do not use personal information from users in primary and secondary schools to target ads,” said company spokesman Jose Castaneda.“School districts can decide how best to use Google for education in their classrooms and we are committed to partnering with them.”Unlike Europe, the U.S. has no overarching national law governing data collection and privacy. Instead, it has a patchwork of state and federal laws that protect specific types of data, such as consumer health, financial information and the personal data generated by younger children.New Mexico’s claim cites violations of the state’s Unfair Practices Act and the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires websites and online services to obtain parental consent before collecting any information from children under 13.In a separate case, Google already has agreed to pay $170 million combined to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents’ consent.According to the New Mexico lawsuit, outside its Google Education platform, the company prohibits children in the U.S. under the age of 13 from having their own Google accounts. The state contends Google is attempting to get around this by using its education services to “secretly gain access to troves of information” about New Mexico children.The attorney general’s office filed a similar lawsuit against Google and other tech companies in 2018, targeting what Balderas described as illegal data collection from child-directed mobile apps. That case still is pending in federal court, but the companies have denied wrongdoing.The latest lawsuit claims more than 80 million teachers and students use Google’s education platform. Balderas said in a letter to New Mexico school officials that there was no immediate harm if they continue using the products and that the lawsuit shouldn’t interrupt activities in the classroom. 

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Сирія: війська Туреччини і Росії вступили в бої, загинули двоє турецьких військових

Ще п’ятеро військовослужбовців були поранені

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В окупованому Криму суд залишив під арештом фігурантів алуштинської «справи Хізб ут-Тахрір»

Підконтрольний Росії Верховний суд окупованого Криму залишив під арештом чотирьох фігурантів алуштинської «справи Хізб ут-Тахрір», повідомляє кореспондент проєкту Радіо Свобода Крим.Реалії.

Таким чином Руслан Месут, Ельдар Кантиміров, Руслан Нагаєв і Ленур Халілов залишаться у СІЗО до 5 травня.

Судове засідання проходило в закритому режимі, родичів фігурантів справи не допустили на засідання.

«Сьогодні був закритий процес, ми клопотали про відкриття, так як фігуранти справи брали участь через відеоконференцзв’язок з СІЗО, однак суддя наше клопотання відхилив, в тому числі і в частині того, щоб оголосити резолютивну частину в присутності родичів, таким чином, закривши процес. По суті, ми клопотали про зміну запобіжного заходу на не пов’язану з триманням під вартою, проте суд заслухавши наші доводи, відхилив нашу апеляційну скаргу і залишив наших підзахисних у СІЗО», – розповів адвокат Айдер Азаматов.

Після ранкових обшуків 10 червня в будинках кримських татар в Алуштинському, Білогірському та Сімферопольському районах затримали вісьмох чоловіків: Руслана Нагаєва, Ельдара Кантемірова, Руслана Месутова, Ленура Халілова, Різу Омерова, Енвера Омерова, Айдера Джеппарова та Ескендера Сулейманова.

ФСБ Росії заявила, що слідчі заходи проходять в рамках кримінальної справи за статтею 205.5 (організація або участь у діяльності терористичної організації) і стосується релігійної організації «Хізб ут-Тахрір».

Українські правоохоронні органи відкрили кримінальне провадження через проведення російськими силовиками обшуків в Криму.

МЗС України висловило протест у зв’язку з черговими арештами в окупованому Криму, а також закликали посилити політичний, економічний і списку санкцій тиск на Росію.

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Can AI Flag Disease Outbreaks Faster Than Humans? Not Quite

Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse.Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments save lives. In the final days of 2019, an AI system in Boston sent out the first global alert about a new viral outbreak in China. But it took human intelligence to recognize the significance of the outbreak and then awaken response from the public health community.What’s more, the mere mortals produced a similar alert only a half-hour behind the AI systems.For now, AI-powered disease-alert systems can still resemble car alarms — easily triggered and sometimes ignored. A network of medical experts and sleuths must still do the hard work of sifting through rumors to piece together the fuller picture. It’s difficult to say what future AI systems, powered by ever larger datasets on outbreaks, may be able to accomplish.The first public alert outside China about the novel coronavirus came on Dec. 30 from the automated HealthMap system at Boston Children’s Hospital. At 11:12 p.m. local time, HealthMap sent an alert about unidentified pneumonia cases in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The system, which scans online news and social media reports, ranked the alert’s seriousness as only 3 out of 5. It took days for HealthMap researchers to recognize its importance.Four hours before the HealthMap notice, New York epidemiologist Marjorie Pollack had already started working on her own public alert, spurred by a growing sense of dread after reading a personal email she received that evening.“This is being passed around the internet here,” wrote her contact, who linked to a post on the Chinese social media forum Pincong. The post discussed a Wuhan health agency notice and read in part: “Unexplained pneumonia???”Pollack, deputy editor of the volunteer-led Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, known as ProMed, quickly mobilized a team to look into it. ProMed’s more detailed report went out about 30 minutes after the terse HealthMap alert.Early warning systems that scan social media, online news articles and government reports for signs of infectious disease outbreaks help inform global agencies such as the World Health Organization — giving international experts a head start when local bureaucratic hurdles and language barriers might otherwise get in the way.Some systems, including ProMed, rely on human expertise. Others are partly or completely automated.And rather than competing with one another, they are often complementary — HealthMap is intertwined with ProMed and helps run its online infrastructure.“These tools can help hold feet to the fire for government agencies,” said John Brownstein, who runs the HealthMap system as chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It forces people to be more open.”The last 48 hours of 2019 were a critical time for understanding the new virus and its significance. Earlier on Dec. 30, Wuhan Central Hospital doctor Li Wenliang warned his former classmates about the virus in a social media group — a move that led local authorities to summon him for questioning several hours later.Li, who died Feb. 7 after contracting the virus, told The New York Times that it would have been better if officials had disclosed information about the epidemic earlier. “There should be more openness and transparency,” he said.ProMed reports are often incorporated into other outbreak warning systems. including those run by the World Health Organization, the Canadian government and the Toronto startup BlueDot. WHO also pools data from HealthMap and other sources.Computer systems that scan online reports for information about disease outbreaks rely on natural language processing, the same branch of artificial intelligence that helps answer questions posed to a search engine or digital voice assistant.But the algorithms can only be as effective as the data they are scouring, said Nita Madhav, CEO of San Francisco-based disease monitoring firm Metabiota, which first notified its clients about the outbreak in early January.Madhav said that inconsistency in how different agencies report medical data can stymie algorithms. The text-scanning programs extract keywords from online text, but may fumble when organizations variously report new virus cases, cumulative virus cases, or new cases in a given time interval. The potential for confusion means there’s almost always still a person involved in reviewing the data.“There’s still a bit of human in the loop,” Madhav said.Andrew Beam, a Harvard University epidemiologist, said that scanning online reports for key words can help reveal trends, but the accuracy depends on the quality of the data. He also notes that these techniques aren’t so novel.“There is an art to intelligently scraping web sites,” Beam said. “But it’s also Google’s core technology since the 1990s.”Google itself started its own Flu Trends service to detect outbreaks in 2008 by looking for patterns in search queries about flu symptoms. Experts criticized it for overestimating flu prevalence. Google shut down the website in 2015 and handed its technology to nonprofit organizations such as HealthMap to use Google data to build their own models.Google is now working with Brownstein’s team on a similar web-based approach for tracking the geographical spread of tick-borne Lyme disease.Scientists are also using big data to model possible routes of early disease transmission.In early January, Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease physician and researcher at Toronto General Hospital, analyzed commercial flight data with BlueDot founder Kamran Khan to see which cities outside mainland China were most connected to Wuhan.Wuhan stopped outbound commercial air travel in late January — but not before an estimated 5 million people had fled the city, as the Wuhan mayor later told reporters.“We showed that the highest volume of flights from Wuhan were to Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong,” Bogoch said. “Lo and behold, a few days later we started to see cases pop up in these places.”In 2016, the researchers used a similar approach to predict the spread of the Zika virus from Brazil to southern Florida.Now that many governments have launched aggressive measures to curb disease transmission, it’s harder to build algorithms to predict what’s next, Bogoch said.Artificial intelligence systems depend on vast amounts of prior data to train computers how to interpret new facts. But there are no close parallels to the way China is enforcing quarantine zones that impact hundreds of millions of people. 

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Weather and Protests Hamper Ukraine Quarantine Efforts

Ukraine’s effort to evacuate more than 70 people from China over the outbreak of a new virus faced setbacks Thursday as weather conditions delayed the return of the evacuees and protests broke out near a hospital where they are to be quarantined.
Dozens of local residents protested Thursday morning seeking to prevent the evacuees from being quarantined there because they fear being infected. People put up road blocks and burned tires, while Ukrainian media reported that there were clashes with police.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy weighed in saying that those demonstration show “not the best side of our character” and sought to assure people that the quarantined evacuees wouldn’t pose any danger to local residents.
In a statement published on his Facebook page, Zelenskiy said the people evacuated from China are healthy and will live in a closed medical center run by the National Guard in the village of Novi Sanzhary as a precaution.
“In the next two weeks it will probably be the most guarded facility in the country,” Zelenskiy said.
In the early hours of Thursday, a plane with 45 Ukrainians and 27 other foreign nationals took off from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak that has infected  more than 75,000 people worldwide and killed over 2,100.
The plane stopped off in Kazakhstan to drop off two Kazakh passengers. Later, it sought to land in Kharkiv, a city in northeastern Ukraine, but could not due to bad weather conditions.
Instead it flew to Kyiv to refuel, and eventually arrived in Kharkiv.
Also Thursday, the Russian Embassy in Japan said that two more Russians aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus, the Russian Embassy in Japan said. That raises to three the number of Russians on the ship confirmed to have the virus.
The two will be transferred to a hospital in Japan for treatment, according to the embassy.
The Diamond Princess has been docked in the Yokohama port near Tokyo since Feb. 4, when 10 people on board tested positive for the virus. So far 621 cases of the virus, which has been named COVID-19, have been confirmed among the the Diamond Princess’s original 3,711 people on board.
Russia so far has reported only two cases of the disease on its soil. Two Chinese nationals diagnosed with the virus and hospitalized in two different regions of Siberia in late January have recovered and have been released from hospitals.

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Google Updates Terms in Plain Language After EU Scrutiny

Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they’re signing up for when they use its online services — though that will still mean reading a lengthy document.The company updated its terms of service on Thursday — its largest update to the general use contract since 2012 — in response to a pair of court orders in Europe.Google has been updating its policies and tweaking what is and isn’t allowed on its sites for the past couple of years as scrutiny of the tech industry heats up across the U.S. and Europe. Google, Facebook, Twitter and other digital companies have been forced under a spotlight as regulators and customers examine just how much the companies know about their users and what they do with that information.Facebook last year updated its terms of service to clarify how it makes money from user data.Google says it hasn’t changed anything significant in the document, but rather used plain language to describe who can use its products and what you can post online.“Broadly speaking, we give you permission to use our services if you agree to follow these terms, which reflect how Google’s business works and how we earn money,” the document reads.The document is now about 2,000 words longer than it was before, in part because Google included a list of definitions and expanded it to cover Google Drive and Chrome. The new terms take effect in March.Google’s privacy policy is separate and was substantially updated in 2018 after Europe enacted broad-reaching privacy laws.The company also separately updated its “About Google” page to explain how it makes money from selling advertisements, often informed by the vast amount of customer information it collects.As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, Google also announced it is switching the service provider for U.K. customers from one based in Ireland to its main U.S. provider. The company says that it won’t change how U.K. customers’ data is protected or used. 

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Грузія і Велика Британія звинуватили ГРУ в масштабній кібератаці

Міністерство закордонних справ Грузії поклало на російську військову розвідку (Головне управління Генштабу, також відоме як ГРУ) відповідальність за масштабну кібератаку на грузинські сервери і веб-сайти у жовтні минулого року.

Як стверджується у заяві МЗС Грузії, метою кібератаки 28 жовтня 2019 року були сайти адміністрації президента Грузії, різних органів влади, комерційних компаній і ЗМІ.

«Метою кібератаки був підрив національної безпеки Грузії, нанесення шкоди населенню країни, внести розлад у діяльність державних структур і в суспільство», – мовиться у заяві.

У ній наголошується, що причетність ГРУ доведена в ході розслідування, під час якого була використана інформація іноземних партнерів Грузії.

Одним з цих партнерів була Велика Британія. За даними Національного центру кібербезпеки, ГРУ організувала кібератаки проти Грузії «з високим ступенем ймовірності». У заяві глави МЗС Великої Британії Домініка Раабе кібератаки названі абсолютно неприйнятними. Там же мовиться, що Британія і її партнери продовжать викривати «небезпечну діяльність» ГРУ.

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Ху*ло аваков отрекся от Майдана: “Это был государственный переворот!”

Ху*ло аваков отрекся от Майдана: “Это был государственный переворот!”.

Ху*ло арсен аваков, который стал главой МВД Украины в результате Майдана-2014, считает Майдан государственным переворотом!!!

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ЗСУ прийняли весь удар на себе – голова Новотошківської ВЦА

ЗСУ прийняли весь удар на себе – голова Новотошківської ВЦА.

Внаслідок загострення бойових дій на Луганщині прифронтова Новотошківка не постраждала. Бої з російськими гібридними силами точилися неподалік. За словами голови місцевої військово-цивільної адміністрації, весь удар на себе прийняли ЗСУ. Разом з тим, жителі Новотошківки ховалися у підвалах під час обстрілу. Які ще проблеми продемонстрував бій на Луганщині

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Загострення на Донбасі: як відреагували цивільні і чи йдуть бої зараз – відео з місця подій

Загострення на Донбасі: як відреагували цивільні і чи йдуть бої зараз – відео з місця подій.

Чи продовжується загострення на Донбасі? Ми побували у населеному пункті Золоте-4, що на Луганщині, та поспілкувалося із цивільним населенням щодо штурмових дій російських гібридних сил 18 лютого. В момент перебування знімальної групи, в цьому районі було чутно звуки стрілянини з крупнокаліберної зброї. Зранку 18 лютого штаб української воєнної Операції об’єднаних сил повідомив, що противник атакував позиції української армії в районі населених пунктів Новотошківське, Оріхове, Кримське та Хутір Вільний. За даними Генштабу, один український військовий загинув, троє отримали поранення, ще двоє – контузію

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