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Discord Upgraded Their Privacy Policy


Discord has updated its privacy policy, effective on March 27, 2023. The company has added the previously deleted clauses back in as well as built-in tools that make it easier for users to interact with voice and video content, such as the ability to record and send brief audio or video clips.

Additionally, it promoted the Midjourney AI art-generating server and alleged that more than 3 million servers on the entire Discord network feature some sort of AI experience. This was done to position AI as something that is already well-liked on the site.

Many critics have brought up the recent removal of two phrases from Discord's privacy policy: "We generally do not store the contents of video or voice calls or channels" and "We also don't store streaming content when you share your screen." Many responses express concern about AI tools being developed off of works of art and data that have been collected without people's permission.

It looks like Discord is paying attention to customer concerns because it amended its post about the new AI tools to make it clear that even while its tools are connected to OpenAI, OpenAI may not utilize Discord user data to train its general models.

The three tools Discord is releasing are an AI AutoMod, an AI-generated Conversation Summaries, and a machine-learning version of its mascot Clyde.

Clyde has been reduced, and according to Discord, he can answer questions and have lengthy conversations with you and your friends. Clyde is connected to OpenAI. Moreover, it may suggest playlists and begin server threads. According to Discord, Clyde may access and utilize emoticons and GIFs like any Discord user while communicating with other users.

To help human server moderators, Discord introduced the non-OpenAI version of AutoMod last year. According to Discord, since its launch, "AutoMod has automatically banned more than 45 million unwanted messages from servers before they even had a chance to be posted," according to server policies.

The OpenAI version of AutoMod will similarly search for messages that break the rules, but it will do so while bearing in mind the context of a conversation. The server's moderator will receive a message from AutoMod if it believes a user has submitted something that violates the rules.

Anjney asserted that the company respects the intellectual property of others and demands that everyone utilizing Discord do the same. The company takes these worries seriously and has a strict copyright and intellectual property policy.

 Digital Resignation is Initial Stage of Safeguarding Privacy Online


Several internet businesses gather and use our personal information in exchange for access to their digital goods and services. With the use of that data, they can forecast and affect our behavior in the future. Recommendation algorithms, targeted marketing, and individualized experiences are examples of this type of surveillance capitalism.

Many customers are unhappy with these methods, especially after knowing how their data is obtained, despite tech companies' claims that these personalized experiences and advantages improve the user's experience.

Digital resignation refers to the circumstance in which users of digital services continue to do so while being aware that the businesses providing those services are violating their privacy by conducting extensive monitoring, manipulating them, or otherwise negatively affecting their well-being.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal and Edward Snowden's disclosures about widespread government spying shed light on data-collecting techniques, but they also leave individuals feeling helpless and accustomed to the idea that their data will be taken and exploited without their express agreement. Digital resignation is what we call this.

Acknowledging and improving these tactics is the responsibility of both policymakers and businesses. Dealing with data gathering and use alone will not result in corporate accountability for privacy issues.

Our daily lives are completely surrounded by technology. But it's impossible to obtain informed consent when the average person lacks the motivation or expertise necessary to understand confusing terms and conditions rules.

However, the European Union passed regulations that acknowledge these destructive market dynamics and have begun to hold platforms and internet giants accountable. 

With the passage of Law 25, Québec has updated its privacy rules. The purpose of the law is to give people more protection and control over their personal information. It grants individuals the right to seek the transfer of their personal data to another system, its correction or deletion (the right to be forgotten), as well as the right to notice before an automated decision is made.

Additionally, it mandates that businesses designate a privacy officer and committee and carry out privacy impact analyses for any project involving personal data. Also, it is necessary to gain explicit agreement and to communicate terms and rules clearly and transparently. 

Customer Engagement Rethinks After Apple's Data Privacy Rules


The changes to Apple's privacy policy last year were one of those events where the worried predictions turned out to be precisely the opposite of what happened – specifically, marketers will have a significant reduction in their ability to target and personalize ads based upon their online behavior, which will have a downstream impact on the social media giants' ad revenues. As a result of these factors, the money that Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) continue to spend on marketing is becoming less and less effective. 

ROI has plunged by nearly 40% by some measures based on the data available. Marketing professionals are scrambling to keep up with the new environment. As of yet, it has not made a notable difference in the manner in which they behave. 

The marketing community still thinks that we live in an advertising world in which a vast amount of data has been made available. The majority had not yet adopted a policy that they believed would be most beneficial for them. In a post-privacy era, in which marketers are given less and less information about individuals or their digital consumption across a broad range of devices and platforms, marketers must engage with their customers as soon as they show an interest in their products. 

Value exchange

A person cannot be assumed to be an ideal demographic candidate for your product simply by reaching them, especially if your product requires a great deal of consideration. 

It is still imperative to have some exchange of value where marketers give something to customers that they need - something that is more often just more information - as a way to gain their attention and hopefully gain their loyalty in the future. 

It would be impossible to exist in mattress stores or any physical retail store if these requirements were not necessary. There is no doubt that consumers tend to stick with what they know and love, even when it comes to transactions and that is why it is now up to digital marketers to re-create the three-dimensional relationships that still exist in life instead of just online transactions. 

Several aspects of Apple's reformed privacy policy make it apparent that marketers have become far too lazy in many ways. As a result, they had become accustomed to an environment where they could observe signals that would enable them to predict future shopping behavior for every customer they encountered. 

It is crucial to understand that the absence of this world does not mean brands are doomed to fail. To put it simply, it means that they need to come up with original and creative ways of accomplishing their goals, which may even require them to re-learn some old lessons they may have forgotten over the years.   

Microsoft Reveals 65,000 Companies' Data Breach


In response to a security breach that left an endpoint freely available over the internet without any authentication, Microsoft this week acknowledged that it unintentionally exposed data related to customers.

The IT giant was contacted on September 24, 2022, when the cybersecurity intelligence company SOCRadar identified the data leak.

2.4 TB of privileged data, such as names, phone numbers, email addresses, company names, and connected files containing information like proof-of-concept documents, sales data, and product orders, may have been exposed due to a compromised Azure Blob Storage, according to SOCRadar, which claims to have informed Microsoft upon its findings.

Microsoft highlighted that there was no security flaw to blame for the B2B leak, which was "generated by an unintended misconfiguration on an endpoint that is not used across the Microsoft ecosystem." However, Microsoft has contested the scope of the problem, claiming that the information in question included names, email addresses, email content, company names, contact numbers, and attached files pertaining to transactions between such a user and Microsoft or an authorized Microsoft partner.

Organizations can find out if their data were exposed thanks to a website called BlueBleed that SOCRadata set up. "According to our study, the leak, known as BlueBleed Part I, contains crucial data that belongs to more than 65,000 companies from 111 countries. So far, the leaks have exposed 548,000 individuals, 133,000 projects, and more than 335,000 emails," as per the SOCRadar researchers. 

Additionally, Redmond highlighted its dissatisfaction with SOCRadar's choice to make a public search function available, claiming that doing so exposes users to unnecessarily high-security risks.

In a follow-up post published on Thursday, SOCRadar compared the BlueBleed search engine to the 'Have I Been Pwned' data breach notification tool, presenting it as a way for businesses to determine whether their data had been compromised in a cloud data leak.

The research company maintains that it did not violate any privacy policies while conducting its investigation and that none of the data it found were saved on its end. According to SOCRadar's VP of Research and CISO Ensar Eker, "No data was downloaded, Some of the data were crawled by our engine, but as we promised to Microsoft, no data has been given so far. All this crawled data was erased from our servers."

Microsoft has not yet made any specific figures concerning the data breach available to the public.

WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy: A Quick Look


With the advent of its latest privacy policy, the Facebook-owned messaging app is all set to block certain features if the users won't agree to the new privacy policy.

The update that was initially set to be rolled out by February 8 – making new privacy regulations applicable for all its users, got delayed till May 15 as WhatsApp faced strong contempt from the public, which allowed its competitors namely Telegram and Signal to solidify their repute with the public.

Earlier, as per the ultimatum given by WhatsApp: if the users do not accept the updated privacy policy on May 15, they won't be able to use the app. However, later on, it was said that no accounts will be deleted in case the aforementioned does not happen. 

Giving insights into the new Privacy Policy, a WhatsApp spokesperson said, “Requiring messaging apps to “trace” chats is the equivalent of asking us to keep a fingerprint of every single message sent on WhatsApp, which would break end-to-end encryption and fundamentally undermines people’s right to privacy.”

“We have consistently joined civil society and experts around the world in opposing requirements that would violate the privacy of our users. In the meantime, we will also continue to engage with the Government of India on practical solutions aimed at keeping people safe, including responding to valid legal requests for the information available to us,” the Spokesperson added.

WhatsApp told that it is not imposing its new policy on the users and that they are free to not do so. However, it might involve users deleting their WhatsApp account on their own as the other option than to accept the 2021 update, because they won't be able to access their chat lists or call their contacts via WhatsApp. 

As per WhatsApp's statements, we can deduce that whenever users will access the app, they will be constantly reminded to accept the updated privacy policy to access all its features – eventually making the platform more or less unserviceable to them. 

The users who do accept the updated privacy policy won't witness any key changes in their experience, however, those who continue to have the app installed on their device without accepting the new policy might eventually end up saying goodbye to the app due to its limited serviceability or “inactivity”. 

Signal Taunts WhatsApp as Confusion Looms Large Over its New Privacy Policy


WhatsApp will take action against users who have not approved the privacy policy though it will not delete users' accounts instead it will disable certain essential features, as per the announcement. Users are still skeptical about adopting the privacy policy because there isn't enough clarity about what it really means. Meanwhile, Signal, a secure messaging app, has taken full advantage of the ability to draw users to its own site. 

WhatsApp announced a few days before the May 15 deadline, which was dreaded by many, that it would not remove users' accounts if they did not approve the privacy policy by that date. By posting a cheeky update on Twitter today, WhatsApp reminded users that their accounts will not be deleted.

“*checks calendar. pours coffee*. OK. Let’s do this. No, we can’t see your personal messages. No, we won’t delete your account. Yes, you can accept at any time,” WhatsApp wrote on Twitter. 

Signal which is an arch competitor of WhatsApp retweeted the post and wrote, “*checks calendar. pours coffee.* Today’s a great day to switch to privacy.” 

After the announcement of its revised privacy policy, WhatsApp has been bombarded with complaints from users. Users were first notified about it in January with an in-app update, with a deadline of February 8 to approve the privacy policy. 

However, users were outraged by the lack of clarification, and the majority of them moved to other messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram. Users thought WhatsApp would share users' private conversations with Facebook, forcing the company to push back the launch date to May 15. 

The terms and conditions, however, have now been modified. WhatsApp had previously issued users an ultimatum to accept the privacy policy in order to continue using the app, but it has now confirmed that the account would not be deleted. Though WhatsApp may not delete the account, it will deactivate certain features and transform the app into a dummy app. 

WhatsApp told The Guardian in a statement, “After a few weeks of limited functionality, you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or notifications and WhatsApp will stop sending messages and calls to your phone. At that point, users will have to choose: either they accept the new terms, or they are in effect prevented from using WhatsApp at all.”