AI & Alt Data, Spain, Google & EU, Dark Data & AI, Israel Data Leak, Cloud Storage, Digital Collaboration

This week, we begin an analysis of alternative data in terms of growth, benefits, steps & challenges involved in it. Next is an article discussing a €10 million fine imposed by the AEPD, Spain’s data protection body, on Google for obstructing people’s right to deletion of their personal data under the GDPR. Then, we have a piece on a new wave of AI-based solutions for harnessing dark data & applying it on construction sites. Following that, we have a story on the illegal sharing of the biometric data of millions of Israelis, which was kept unlawfully for several years, with another Israeli government agency, prompting worries among Israeli rights organizations. Next, is an essay on picking up the right cloud storage resource based on the data and not storage volumes. Lastly, we have an article outlining the rise of secure digital collaboration.

AI-Powered Alternative Data Driving Extreme Market Research Disruption

Numerous indicators make clear that the next five years will usher in extreme transformation for a multitude of industries and sectors as well as the global economy at large. This begs the question: what is driving such significant and rapid change? This big question just might be answered in two words: alternative data. Companies that are slow to incorporate alternative data into their R&D, marketing, investment, risk analysis and other key processes expose themselves to extreme opportunity loss at best and operational peril at worst.

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Spain Slaps Google For Frustrating The EU’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

Here’s a rare sight: Google has been hit with a €10 million fine by Spain for serious breaches of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which found it had passed information that could be used to identify citizens requesting deletion of their personal data under EU law, including their email address; the reasons given; and the URL claimed, to a U.S.-based third party without a valid legal basis for this further processing. As well as being fined, Google has been ordered to amend its procedures to bring them into compliance with the GDPR — and to delete any personal data it still holds related to this enforcement.

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Using ‘Dark Data’ And AI To Improve Project Management

As there are many moving parts on a given construction site, there are also many contractors serving distinct roles with various responsibilities. Particularly, a general contractor needs to know and keep track of a variety of details throughout the length of the project such as acquiring building permits, site surveying, managing personnel and subcontractors, and waste management. When planning for these and other to-do list items, a seasoned contractor can move forward understanding what will likely happen next based on past experiences. 

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Israel Leaked Biometric Data Of Millions To ‘Mystery Agency’

Israel’s interior ministry illegally shared the biometric data of millions of Israelis with another Israeli government agency, officials said last week, raising concerns from Israeli rights groups. The breach, which started in 2015 and went on until March, was revealed by the head of Israel’s National Cyber Directorate’s Identity and Biometric Applications Unit Roy Friedman in an official report. Biometric facial images were collected by the Population and Immigration Authority, a division of the interior ministry, and shared in “reduced-quality” format with another government agency, Friedman said.

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How To Pick The Right Cloud Storage

Let’s be honest, storage has always been a complicated subject. Teams of dedicated storage administrators would choose between block (SAN), file (NAS) or direct-attached (DAS), and then each choice led to more details such as HDD versus SSD. The cloud is supposed to make everything simple with storage-as-a-service. While the details of infrastructure have now been passed on to the magic of the cloud, there are still many choices that have a notable impact on performance, costs and scale. 

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Modernizing Work Through Digital Collaboration

As companies unlock the opportunities of the next decade, business leaders recognize the value of secure, digital collaboration. We can now connect in ways never before possible with new tools and platforms from anywhere. This allows companies to work faster and smarter, improving overall productivity and efficiency. At a virtual panel discussion hosted by Lenovo and Microsoft, in partnership with CDOTrends, panelists shared their insights into making the digital workplace a secure and tangible reality for companies in Hong Kong and everywhere.

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