WeeklyTech #15

California and Privacy

On Jan. 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will take affect in the Golden State, but its reach will go much further than you might expect. Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 28, 2018, the CCPA is a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will forever change how each of us use technology products and how U.S. companies use our consumer and business data. Regardless of your political views on privacy and data issues, this California law will likely become the de facto law of the land because most technology companies like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Apple are headquartered there. Thus, they must adhere to California law as they offer services to the rest of the nation as well as the larger international community.

Interesting technology stories

Must Read: The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? – The New York Times

Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government and the authorities are no match.

Video: Prepare for the Deepfake Era of Web Video – WIRED 

It has always been good advice to take what you see on the internet with a pinch of salt, but online video has lately become even less trustworthy. Deepfakes, clips altered or fabricated with an artificial intelligence technique called machine learning, make alternative realities easier to create and disseminate.

The U.S. Gets Its First Drone Airliner – Morning Brew

UPS’s drone subsidiary announced that it was the first operator to receive a key certificate from the FAA. The approval clears the way for the parcel delivery company to start slinging packages via drone.