NASA’s Satellite Data, Banned Chinese Apps, Korea’s CreDB System, Facebook’s User Data, Price of Personal Data and ESG Data

This week we begin with an article on the use of NASA’s satellite imagery and data analysis tool to identify illegal gold mines in the Amazon rainforest. The next story is about the recent ban on 59 mobile apps by the Indian government, carried out due to geopolitical and data protection concerns. The following article talks about enhancements in South Korea’s credit database, CreDB, to support deep learning and AI-based data analysis. Next, we cover a story about Facebook allegedly sharing user data with 5,000 developers, even after a defined access cut-off date. Then we have a story about the willingness of most Americans to sell personal data at a relatively cheap price. To end, we have a report which states the value of ESG data-driven investments at US$ 40.9 Trillion, which is double of what it was just 4 years back.

In the Right Hands, NASA Satellite Data and Analysis Make Earth Better

The number of illegal gold mines in the Amazon is increasing so fast that activists have turned to satellite imagery to identify them. Still, with thousands of new mines a year, the work was overwhelming scientists at Earthrise Alliance – they needed more hands on deck. That’s how ninth graders in Weston, Massachusetts, began locating illegal mining activity in Brazil’s protected Yanomami territory.

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India Bans 59 Chinese Apps Under Section 69A; What Does The Law Mean, Why The Order Lacks Transparency‬

The government’s much-publicised ban this Monday of 59 Chinese apps is most significant (for the cyber lawyer) for the use made of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 – first, as a tool for geopolitical strategy (widely viewed as such given the Chinese focus despite several American and other apps facing several allegations, the unusual announcement via a press release and the growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the country).

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South Korea Enhances Credit Database in Open Data Push

Korea’s CreDB system will be enhanced with additional datasets and increased server capacity to support deep learning and other types of AI-based data analysis. South Korea’s FSC (Financial Services Commission) has unveiled enhancements to the country’s personal and business credit information system known as CreDB, providing access to a wider variety of datasets including non-financial data.

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Facebook discovers it shared user data with at least 5,000 app developers after a cutoff date

Facebook says it accidentally allowed around 5,000 developers to access data from their app’s inactive users, even though that access should have been cut off. The company explained on Wednesday it recently discovered an issue that had allowed app developers to continue receiving this information beyond the 90 days of inactivity that is meant to cut off data access until the user returns to the app and again re-authenticates.

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What Price Would You Put on Your Personal Data?

For all the talk of digital rights — and the Big Brotherly tentacles of Big Tech — a surprising number of Americans would sell even their most sensitive data, sometimes for a song.

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Global ESG-data driven assets hit $40.5 trillion

The value of global assets applying environmental, social and governance data to drive investment decisions has almost doubled over four years, and more than tripled over eight years, to $40.5 trillion in 2020.

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