Five great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature will be enabled by default and arrive in ‘early spring’ on iOS
Apple has shared a few more details about its much-discussed privacy changes in iOS 14. According to Tech Crunch, this spring users will be able to see which apps have requested permission to track, and be able to make changes as they see fit. Here are some highlights you can expect from the update:
- The App Tracking Transparency feature moves from the old method where you had to opt-out of sharing your Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) to an opt-in model. Every app will have to ask for permission to share our data with third parties or data brokers.
- Apple will launch a new app that explains what the tracker will be used for and ask you to opt-in.
- Apple will enforce this policy for all third-party data sources.
For years, businesses have invested in digital transformation initiatives such as analytics, social media and automation. A recent TechRepublic survey suggests that in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many enterprises are reallocating budget dollars and resources to different digital transformation projects. In fact, 60 per cent of respondents reported that COVID-19 forced them to alter their digital transformation plans. TechRepublic predicts we can expect upcoming budget plans to reflect these impacts as 47 per cent of the respondents stated they plan to spend more on digital transformation in 2021 than in 2020. Click here to learn more about their findings.
New book on AI in law meant to be jargon-free guide on how the technology is changing the profession
Like it or not, artificial intelligence is here to stay. And it can be a boon or a bane for lawyers, depending on whether they embrace it. That is the message of the new book on AI in the legal profession, authored by Noah Waisberg and Alexander Hudek, CEO and CTO of Kira Systems. Last Friday, Canadian Lawyer published a feature on the two authors. With the enormity of hype, misunderstanding and misinformation of its threats, Waisberg and Hudek say they wanted to produce a readable, non-technical overview of AI in law. Click here to learn about their book AI for Lawyers How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise and Transforming Careers, which was released this week.
New York’s annual legal technology showcase kicked off on Tuesday. Traditionally, there has always been something about the show’s February arrival that sets the tone for the year ahead. But this year, there was no congregating in the Hilton lobby. Now ominously styled as “Legalweek(year)”, its planners are including extra virtual sessions in March, April, May and July. Check out Above the Law for more details.
Clearview AI violated privacy rights of Canadians with facial recognition tech, say privacy commissioners
Four of Canada’s privacy commissioners have denounced the controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI. IT World Canada reports the software firm has been used by law enforcement agencies around the world — including Toronto — allowing them to follow up on potential suspects with Clearview’s massive profile database. But Clearview’s scraping of billions of images of Canadians from across the internet represented mass surveillance and was a clear violation of their privacy rights, the commissioners said in a report issued Wednesday morning. Read the full story here.