Patent, Cybersecurity, Protection, Governance, Scrape, Cannabis

This week, we begin with Scott Beliveau’s interview discussing the importance of data, AI & automation at the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Next, we have a piece on data breach in Thailand exposing the personal information of millions of tourists. The following article discusses the various components of Airbnb’s automated Data Protection Platform (DPP). Following that, we have an article on the growing importance of data governance for good data quality, accurate reporting & utilizing the available data. Next is a piece about the incapability of data scrapping in fighting the bad bots that contain personal information enough for scamming & phishing attacks. Finally, we have an article on the need for cannabis data providers to deliver the right message to the right individual at the right time.

The Critical Importance Of Data At The US Patent And Trademark Office: Interview With Scott Beliveau, Branch Chief Of Advanced Analytics, USPTO

The main role of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to grant patents for inventions as well as register trademarks and service marks for products and services. One of the key ways they are advancing this mission is to use automation and AI in a number of ways to improve operational efficiency for their patent examiners. At the upcoming October AI in Government online event, Scott Beliveau, Branch Chief of Advanced Analytics at UPSTO shares with his insights into how the USPTO is leveraging data, automation, and AI to help advance efforts.

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Thailand’s Cybersecurity Negligence Causes Personal Data Breaches

Thailand’s cybersecurity readiness has come under question, after reports that tourists’ personal details were recently exposed online, potentially hurting a much-needed recovery of the key sector. The information of around 106 million visitors to Thailand was accessible to all on the internet, according to cybersecurity research firm Comparitech earlier this week. The database was discovered by Bob Diachenko, one of the company’s researchers on Aug. 22. Thai authorities removed the data the next day, after being alerted by Diachenko.

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Into Airbnb’s Data Protection Platform

Just last year, in yet another data breach scandal at Airbnb, the data of a few hosts, including personal address information and direct messages, had been exposed to the other hosts on the app. The Airbnb sub-Reddit consisted of instances by hosts where on logging in, they were presented with different names and a different inbox, while their co-host saw a second, unrelated inbox. The breach was deemed a technical issue for only a small subset of users by Airbnb.

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Embracing Flexible Data Governance

Going forward, organizations that devise a well-thought-out strategy for data management and adopt technologies that tie together well are the most likely to succeed in unlocking their data’s value. Data is only as good as its governance strategy. With organizations generating more & more data, there is an increasing need to improve data accessibility and derive more value from it. As a result, data governance issues – around how organizations manage, use, and share data across the value chain has gained increasing prominence, probably more so than ever.

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Battling Bad Bots – How To Escape The Great Data Scrape

The battle over data-scraping bad bots has been rumbling on for some time now, but with LinkedIn dealing with the fallout from a third major incident in four months, there are signs that the situation is rapidly worsening for companies. Advances in bad bot technology mean operators are now able to get a wealth of personal information on customers – including their home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses – purely from publicly available pages.

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Why Cannabis Datasets Will Give You A Bad (Data) Trip

Marketers are going through an identity crisis. Ever-changing consumer privacy regulations and the deprecation of third-party cookies are driving companies to look for alternative data sources for targeting and personalisation. Yet not all of these sources are created equal, particularly if they are based on third-party data that is inaccurate or incomplete. In fact, I recently resisted the urge to roll my eyes when reading about a new partnership offering marketers the ability to reach recreational and cannabidiol (CBD) product users with greater ease.

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