Nine great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Facebook fined $9 million over Canadian privacy concerns Social Sharing
Facebook has been ordered to pay a $9-million penalty after making "false or misleading claims about the privacy of Canadians' personal information," according to a news release from the Competition Bureau. Based on a investigation into the social media company's practices between 2012 and 2018, the Bureau said they found Facebook falsely represented how much information users could control — including the personal information of users' friends who had installed "certain third-party applications." Read all the details of the breaking story on CBC.
Five ways to streamline collaboration for widespread teams
Now is a good opportunity to evaluate whether your case strategy practices are effective while working remotely. According to Relativity, if you’re finding your processes scattered and communications decentralized, it’s possible to make big improvements without incurring any additional costs. If you're already a Relativity user, Case Dynamics and Transcripts are available for free. When important discussions need to be had within the team or when information needs to be shared across various levels, these tools allow you to perform collaborative tasks within Relativity — without sending extra emails, using other tools or creating more work.
In their latest blog, Relativity shares five ways you can streamline your collaboration process with real-life scenario examples.
Privacy commissioners urge respect for privacy rights in using contact-tracing apps
Federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners have issued a joint statement calling on governments across Canada to respect certain principles when using contact-tracing applications to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In their statement, the commissioners stressed that the use of such apps may have consequences on privacy rights and other fundamental rights in Canada. Read Canadian Lawyer's recent article to learn more about the principles they have urged governments to consider while collecting data.
Why didn't artificial intelligence save us from COVID-19?
In late January hospitals in Wuhan began testing a new method to screen for COVID-19, using artificial intelligence. The plan, Wired has reported, involved chest CTs — three-dimensional scans of lungs displayed in finely detailed slices. By studying thousands of such images, an algorithm would learn to decipher whether a given patient's pneumonia appeared to stem from COVID-19 or something more routine, like influenza.
When the virus spread to the rest of the world, it came down to a matter of data; what we had already gathered and whether we could organize it in a way that's useful for machines. Unfortunately, between privacy regulations and error-filled databases, health care systems do not give up information easily to train such systems. Read the full store on Wired.
The Investigator’s Toolkit: five technologies every legal team needs
Without the ability to quickly piece together the full puzzle of what happened and when, and who was involved, investigators become stuck, exposing an organization to potentially grave legal, financial and reputational risks. This week, Law Technology Today shared how visual analytics, concept search and clustering, continuous active learning and communication analysis can make all the difference in a successful investigation. Read the details here.
These seven exceptional apps will optimize your work-from-home life
Fast Company writer JR Raphael has shared his top seven favourite apps that have helped him stay organized while working from home over the past decade. From keeping track of unanswered emails to tuning out the quarantine-era noise, his impressive list is worth reading if you're looking for new ways to keep focused while working from home. Read it here.
CIOs determine the rise and fall of blockchain and the rise and rise of AI
Peter High, contributor to Forbes.com, interviews more than 100 CIOs on the record each year. In 2016 and 2017, blockchain did not make the top ten trends listed from CIOs. Then in 2018, it was second among all trends, with a third of his interviewees mentioning it as a priority. All of a sudden, many of the technology heads of major companies were investigating blockchain and investing in pilots to validate its usefulness. Just as quickly as it came, it began to fade, with 20 per cent of interviewees mentioning blockchain as a priority in 2019. So far in 2020, almost no one has mentioned it. Read his full article on the rise and fall of blockchain, and why AI is taking its place when it comes to leading trends.
Why the governance of data starts with risk awareness
Over the past decade, organizations have taken a growing interest in adopting policies and practices for data governance. These include data quality management and data accessibility, which is why many businesses are hiring chief data officers and introducing stricter protocols. Learn why risk is the root of all data issues and how by evaluating consequences, vulnerabilities and threats, you can initiate your data data governance program in IT Pro Today's recent article.
Law firm embraces ‘legal glamping’ in response to pandemic
As lockdown restrictions across the world slowly ease, law firms are facing a difficult decision: let lawyers continue to work from home or put measures in place to ensure their safety within the workplace. One law firm in Nottingham, England has taken a creative approach to the problem by introducing a dozen two metre, Amazon-sourced, green tents complete with arch-shaped window panels. Take a look at their new 'glamping' set up on Legal Cheek.