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Irish Data Protection Commission Fines Facebook €17m For Breaching EU Data Privacy Laws in 2018

The Irish Data Protection Commission has hit Facebook with a fine of €17m after finding they did not fully comply with GDPR. The decision followed an inquiry by the commission into 12 breach notifications it received in six months period between June and December 2018, examining their compliance with GDPR requirements for personal data processing at different points during this time frame.

The Data Protection Commission found that Meta Platforms failed to put in place adequate technical and organizational measures, which would make it easy for them to demonstrate the security precautions they implemented. This is despite having 12 personal data breaches.

According to The Irish data watchdog, Meta’s platforms had “failed to have in place appropriate technical and organizational measures” in the context of the 12 personal data breaches.

Ireland has a well-established tradition in regulating the tech industry, especially with regard to internet companies that have their European Union headquarters there.


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3DFLOW Releases 3DF Zephyr 6.5

The latest update for 3DF Zephyr is out, and it’s an integration with Unity! Now you can use ArtEngine inside 3DF Zephyr.

3df zephyr 6.5 allows users to work more efficiently by integrating Unity’s material authoring tool, ‘ArtEngine’. The update also includes several other features including camera animations system which was previously unavailable in previous versions of 3d flow.

The new update to Zephyr 6.5 includes Orthophoto Editor, which lets you edit and improve regions of orthophotos that require recomputation.

With the new animation options and vertical structure presets, Zephyr 6.5 is a great update for 3DF Zephyr’s Structure From Motion system.

There are other improvements too, like the option to export scans in USD format for use in VFX or game development pipelines. Plus new tagging system.

3DF Zephyr 6.500 changelog

+ Structure from motion robustness and accuracy improvements
+ New vertical structure preset
+ Faster modular save
+ Faster edge filtering with photoconsistency
+ Improved texturing
Unity artengine integration
+ Orthophoto editor
+ Improved elevation profile interface
+ Improved drawing elements interface
+ Improved LoD mesh export
+ Spot height map tool
+ Video animator wizard
+ Improved multi-tile DEM viewer
+ Improved photo management and tags
+ Improved unit of measurements management
+ USD file format export support
+ LoD tiff orthophoto
+ Improved bounding box gizmo
+ Improved masking integration in Zephyr
+ Improved picking on textured meshes
+ Improved screenshot
+ Marker print center for picking clarity
+ Minor fixes



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NVIDIA Bites Back At Its Recent CyberAttack Hackers

The recent cyberattacks on Nvidia may have been carried out by the South American hacker group Lapsus$. Vx-underground is reporting that Nvidia has retaliated by sneaking back into the hacker’s system and encrypting all of its stolen data.

With a market cap near 600 billion dollars, Nvidia is the most valuable chipmaker in America. It specializes in producing graphics processing units (GPU) for video game playing and advanced computer simulations to enhance user experience

The LAPSU$ hacker group in South America has illegally tapped into Nvidia’s mailing server and installed malware on the software distribution system. Last week, Lapsus$ announced that it had stolen 1 TB of Nvidia data and threatened to leak sensitive information about employees. The group also shared some screenshots as proof but they weren’t definitive; we may never know if this was true or not- there could be any number of reasons why these posts went up.

With the recent increase in ransomware attacks, it seems that Nvidia has identified these hackers. According to Vx-underground’s Twitter post and backed by screenshots they encrypted their system after being infected with malware for-profit motives which led them to theft data.


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EU Proposes New Rules on Who Can Use and Access Data Generated in The EU Across All Economic Sectors

After passing the Data Governance Act in 2020 and aimed at establishing a framework for shared information, this week, the European Commission finalized a proposal to allow businesses of all sizes in Europe to access data sent from connected devices. This is done with an aim toward creating fair and innovative use for this information that companies can collect within their industry or niche market segmentation where they see fit. It also allows consumers more control over how personal details are used online – which has become increasingly important following recent privacy breaches at major software platforms.

The European Commission has drawn attention to the state of data in Europe, which they say is underutilized. The main reason for this failure according to them are obstacles like failing on defining how you can access and use your personal information generated by connected products – especially as SMEs often fail when negotiating equitable terms with more powerful players; there’s also problems converting different competitors’ cloud services or “edge” capabilities together without any integration between fields.

The Data Act is landmark legislation that will change the landscape of digital services. For example, car owners and machine renters can share data from their connected devices to reduce traffic accidents in high-risk areas and help insurance companies offer more accurate rates for policies.

Large enterprises can help small start-ups by sharing data. This will extend the life of connected devices and promote market competition, as consumers choose which repair provider to go with based on quality service offerings rather than just price alone. Farming has always been a tough job, but now it’s getting even more difficult because unpredictable weather patterns change all over Europe every day. The use of private IoT technology in order to make sense of these problems through collecting information from various sensors embedded into crops themselves could save lives – not only ones related directly to agriculture (floods) or natural disasters such as wildfire here.

The Data Act will make it easier for users to transfer their data and applications across platforms and limit access from outside non-EU governments.