India’s Data Protection Law, New York’s Gang Database, Airbnb Bans White Supremacists, Politically Exposed Person, NeurIPS, Facial Recognition

This week we start with a New York Times article about the complicated issues & potential impact of India’s proposed data protection legislation. The next piece is based on the criticism around New York’s gang database, how it may negatively impact certain individuals and their constitutional rights. After this, we cover a story about Airbnb banning white supremacists mentioned in the Iron March database – this being a result of a data leak. Following this is a story about another leak – The LexisNexis WorldCompliance proprietary database which contains 4.5 million records of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). This newsletter also covers talks, conversations & discussions at NeurIPS, a leading AI conference, attended by 13,000 AI experts. Lastly, we have included a video that explores the negative impact of automated facial recognition used by search engines, retail stores, government departments and social media.

On Data Privacy, India Charts Its Own Path

India is poised to pass its first major data protection law, placing new restrictions on how corporations can collect and use information from the country’s 1.3 billion people.

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New York Activists, Academics Urge End to Gang Database

Taylonn Murphy’s phone chimed steadily as he addressed reporters gathered in a boardroom Thursday. His friends were concerned. The previous night, Tessa Majors, an 18-year-old freshman at Barnard College, was fatally stabbed in a Harlem park by would-be robbers, police said.

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Airbnb Bans Over 60 White Supremacists After Iron March Forum Database Leak

Short-term apartment rental site Airbnb has banned over 60 users of Iron March, the defunct white supremacist web forum that recently had its entire SQL database leaked to the internet, the company told Gizmodo.

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Database exposes names of risky potential bank customers

If your name’s on this list, banks will treat you with extreme caution. The database is supposed to be private, but it was found online, accessible to anyone with a web browser, a security researcher said Friday.

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A Sobering Message About the Future at AI’s Biggest Party

More than 13,000 artificial intelligence mavens flocked to Vancouver this week for the world’s leading academic AI conference, NeurIPS. The venue included a maze of colorful corporate booths aiming to lure recruits for projects like software that plays doctor. 

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What facial recognition steals from us

There’s a massive bait-and-switch at the center of facial recognition technology.

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