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      Covid inquiry heads for row with government over Google Spaces redactions / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 13:24

    Inquiry lawyer says not providing complete set of messages on platform would be ‘wrong in principle’

    A fresh battle over unredacted Covid documents is looming, as the public inquiry’s most senior lawyer voiced fears about a tussle with the government over messages sent on the Google Spaces platform.

    Hugo Keith KC said the “same issue” threatened to arise as with WhatsApps, which the Cabinet Office is refusing to hand over in full.

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      The Guardian view on the Covid-19 standoff: it’s a matter for the inquiry | Editorial / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 18:00 · 1 minute

    Lady Hallett should be able to decide what is relevant in Boris Johnson’s papers – not the Cabinet Office

    As with everything else involving Boris Johnson, theatricality looms large in the dispute over whether his WhatsApps, diaries and notebooks should be released without redaction to the official Covid-19 inquiry. The Cabinet Office had until 4pm on Thursday to comply with a demand from the inquiry chair, Lady Hallett, to hand them all over. After the deadline passed, the standoff soon morphed into a high-stakes court challenge by ministers. Apart from anything else, this means further delays to an already slow inquiry process.

    This dispute could have been seen coming. Ever since Lady Hallett was appointed in 2021 to conduct what Mr Johnson called “a forensic and thoroughgoing” inquiry into the UK’s response to the pandemic, it was blindingly clear that she would need to see all the evidence about the government’s handling. Since Lady Hallett was appointed under the Inquiries Act 2005, it was also clear that she had the powers to compel witnesses and evidence. Her ​moral ​position was strengthened further this week when Mr Johnson handed all his papers to the Cabinet Office and said they should be passed to the inquiry.

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      Boris Johnson’s messages are just the start of it: the government is run on WhatsApp | Marie Le Conte / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 16:00

    If off-the-record messaging is a worrying trend, the real problem is that Westminster is one big gentlemen’s club

    What are WhatsApps? No, really, what are they? This may sound like a question asked by an increasingly puzzled grandad at Christmas, but it has become central to British politics.

    Westminster has, over the past few weeks, waited with bated breath to see if the messages sent to and from ministers during the pandemic would be handed over to the Covid inquiry. Heather Hallett , who is running the investigation, demanded that the full cache be released before the public evidence sessions began, but to no avail. Boris Johnson has said he has given them to the Cabinet Office, which will now have to decide what to do with them.

    Marie Le Conte is a French journalist living in London

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      WhatsApp : cette option que tout le monde attend se précise / JournalDuGeek · Friday, 26 May - 11:30

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    La messagerie de Meta pourrait intégrer des noms d'utilisateur dans un avenir proche. Vous n’aurez plus besoin de donner votre numéro de téléphone pour ajouter des contacts.

    WhatsApp : cette option que tout le monde attend se précise

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      WhatsApp permet de modifier les messages, comment faut-il faire ? / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 25 May - 07:30

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    WhatsApp permet depuis quelques heures de modifier les messages après qu'ils aient été envoyés. Voici la marche à suivre pour y arriver.

    WhatsApp permet de modifier les messages, comment faut-il faire ?

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      Warnings of a ‘splinternet’ were greatly exaggerated – until now / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 23 May - 11:00 · 2 minutes

    Facebook has been hit with a €1.2bn fine by EU regulators, and the cracks in the fault lines of international data regulations are beginning to show. But could that be a good thing?

    Does the growing online muscle of the European Union mean the long-awaited arrival of real privacy online, or the creation of a “splinternet” as international borders begin to make their presence known online as well as off?

    It’s an increasingly crucial question. On Monday, Facebook was handed a record fine for a GDPR breach. The social network’s parent company, Meta, was hit with a bill for more than a billion pounds over its ongoing data transfers from the EU to the US. From our story :

    The [Irish Data Protection Commission] punishment relates to a legal challenge brought by an Austrian privacy campaigner, Max Schrems, over concerns resulting from the Edward Snowden revelations that European users’ data is not sufficiently protected from US intelligence agencies when it is transferred across the Atlantic.

    Meta has also been given six months to stop “the unlawful processing, including storage, in the US” of personal EU data already transferred across the Atlantic, meaning that user data will need to be removed from Facebook servers.

    A number of experts who spoke to Wired suspect that Google is using Bard to send a message that the EU’s laws around privacy and online safety aren’t to its liking. But more than this, it could be a sign that generative AI technology as it exists now is fundamentally incompatible with existing and developing privacy and online safety laws in the EU.

    The uncertainty around Bard’s rollout in the region comes as the bloc’s lawmakers are negotiating new draft rules to govern artificial intelligence via the fledgling AI Act. A number of existing laws, from GDPR to the Digital Services Act (DSA), may also be holding up the rollout of generative AI systems in the bloc.

    The UK government risks sleepwalking into a confrontation with WhatsApp that could lead to the messaging app disappearing from Britain, ministers have been warned, with options for an amicable resolution fast running out.

    Montana’s new law, which will take effect 1 January, prohibits downloads of TikTok in the state and would fine any “entity” – an app store or TikTok – $10,000 per day for each time someone “is offered the ability” to access the social media platform or download the app. The penalties would not apply to users.

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    “There was all sorts of toxic behaviour”: Timnit Gebru on her sacking by Google, AI’s dangers and big tech’s biases .

    Twitter collapse, late May update, part one: deleted tweets are being resurrected and no one knows why .

    Twitter collapse, late May update, part two: a “verified” Bloomberg account tweeted a fake picture of an explosion at the Pentagon , which was reposted by Russia Today and went viral.

    The new cold war is being fought over semiconductors , and China’s trying not to fall behind .

    Eight years after Google just stopped labelling photos as “gorillas” because it couldn’t work out how to stop its AI being racist , it still blocks the tag – and so does Apple.

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      WhatsApp to allow users to edit messages … but only for 15 minutes / TheGuardian · Monday, 22 May - 17:38

    Messaging app’s new feature will enable altering of messages after sending

    WhatsApp has announced an editing feature to allow users to alter messages up to 15 minutes after they have been sent.

    The Meta-owned messaging service has started rolling out the editing function globally and it should become available to all users in the coming weeks, the platform said in a blogpost.

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      Comment modifier un message dans WhatsApp ? / Numerama · Monday, 22 May - 16:44

    WhatsApp IA

    Une fonctionnalité arrive dans WhatsApp : elle vous permet de modifier vos messages dans une fenêtre de 15 minutes. Voici de quelle façon l'activer. [Lire la suite]

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      WhatsApp now lets you hide your messages from prying eyes. But is Chat Lock a cheaters’ charter? / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 17 May - 15:17

    You can now hand your phone to your partner without any danger of them reading your chats. But what’s the big secret?

    Name: Chat Lock.

    Age: The Chat Lock feature on WhatsApp is new. Cheating, by contrast, has been going on since Venus was carrying on with Mars behind Vulcan’s back, and probably long before that.

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