Archive for May 3, 2022

Guest Post: Only 4 Of The 50 US States Have Enacted Consumer Data Protection Laws Says Atlas VPN

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 3, 2022 by itnerd

Consumer data protection laws establish consumers’ rights around access, deletion, and portability of personal information.

According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team, only 4 out of the 50 US states have enacted consumer data protection laws. Furthermore, the United States is falling behind third-world countries in establishing privacy laws that would protect its citizens.

California, Utah, Colorado, and Virginia are the only states with enacted consumer data protection laws. However, California is the only state with an effective Consumer Privacy Act. Data protection laws in the other states are set to take effect just in 2023.

Alaska, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont data protection bills are moving through committees in their chambers of origin.

In all other states, the consumer privacy bills are inactive, or no comprehensive bills were introduced at all. The internet has been around for a quarter-century, yet the United States has yet to implement legislation forcing its businesses to comply with meaningful data-privacy regulations.

Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis shares his thoughts on consumer data protection laws in the US:

“Congress could establish a consumer data protection legislation that proactively reacts to the digital age challenges to create a broader vision of human well-being. The US can not wait forever and will need to implement privacy laws sooner or later. The regulations they choose will have global consequences for data privacy.”

Privacy laws worldwide

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implemented by the European Union (EU) in 2018 was a groundbreaking change for consumer data protection. GDPR set the standard for privacy regulations worldwide.

Companies based in the US were required to comply with GDPR as they serve millions of EU citizens. Facebook, Google, Apple, and other tech giants had to revise their privacy policies and create tools for customers to give them more control over their data.

The substantial increase in internet adoption across the globe has prompted several countries to enact data protection laws. The establishment of privacy acts in Africa, South America, and Asia has helped countries to align with the best global practices on data protection and privacy.

So why and how have American consumer data protection laws fallen behind and are in the same category as countries like Iraq or Ethiopia?

One of the reasons is that there is no agency in the US to enact privacy laws. In addition, big tech giants in the US have been opposing data protection regulations for years.

To read the full article, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/only-4-of-the-50-us-states-have-enacted-consumer-data-protection-laws

TELUS Donates 5% Of Its Pre-Tax Profits) And 1.3 Million Volunteer Hours To Build Stronger, Healthier Communities

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 3, 2022 by itnerd

As the most giving company, and most valuable, respected and trusted telco brand in Canada, TELUS continues to demonstrate that as a business grows, so too should its positive impact. Last year alone, TELUS, its team members and retirees, gave $90 million, approximately 5% of its pre-tax profits, in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs, providing critical support to more than 4,000 charitable and community organizations, and volunteered over 1.3 million hours, more than any other company in Canada. For more than 22 years, TELUS has been leading in social capitalism, enabling human connections, bridging digital media divides, revolutionizing healthcare, giving back to communities, transforming the global food system and leading in sustainability. Since 2000, TELUS has led with purpose, gifting $1.4 billion, including $900 million and 1.8 million days of volunteerism.

Throughout 2021, TELUS supported various initiatives, addressing some of society’s most pressing challenges:  

  • Expanding the reach of its Connecting for Good programs, bridging digital divides and ensuring equal access to technology for low income families, students, seniors, people with disabilities, youth exiting foster care and Indigenous women at risk of or experiencing violence. Since its inception, TELUS’ Connecting for Good programs have supported 250,000 marginalized individuals with free or subsidized Internet and/or mobility services.
  • Deploying four new mobile health clinics in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Victoria, Toronto and Niagara region as part ofTELUS Health for Good. This program delivers primary and mental health care to marginalized individuals, including people experiencing homelessness, across 22 communities in Canada, and has supported over 100,000 patient visits since inception, including the delivery of over 30,000 COVID-19 assessments, tests and vaccinations. 
  • Becoming the first technology company in Canada to launch a public Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan including the launch of the TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund, which offers grants up to $50,000, supporting Indigenous-led organizations focused on well-being, cultural revitalization, and access to education. 
  • Leading in sustainability, including providing $1.8 million in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs to charities and community organizations that support the environment, including Nature Conservancy of Canada and Tree Canada. 
  • Committing $1.5 million, including $500,000 of in-kind support in health, network and community services to support British Columbia following the unprecedented flooding that sent the province into a state of emergency.

Year round, the TELUS team is giving back and driving change in communities around the globe, including recently contributing nearly $4M to support the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, in collaboration with TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. To continue the momentum, throughout the month of May, TELUS is celebrating its 17th annual TELUS Days of Giving, where more than 60,000 TELUS team members and retirees around the world will mobilize to give back in their local communities. From cleaning local shorelines, donating blood, supporting neighbourhood food banks, or planting a tree, TELUS employees, retirees, and their families, are committed to helping create positive change in communities big and small. 

To learn more about how TELUS is helping create a friendlier future for all, visit telus.com/purpose

Review: DeltaHub Carpio 2.0

Posted in Products with tags on May 3, 2022 by itnerd

Here’s a fun fact. Using a mouse can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. And anyone reading this blog likely uses a mouse. Thus you’re all at risk. But DeltaHub claims to have a solution to that problem. It’s an ergonomic wrist rest called the Carpio 2.0. And the unboxing experience is one of the better ones that I have seen lately.

You get this rather plain box when you get the Carpio 2.0 delivered to you. But when you open it that’s when the magic happens.

The box slides open and you not only see your Carpio 2.0 along with a bag and in an Apple like move, a DeltaHub sticker, but at the top there’s instructions on how to use it properly, but there’s a QR code that takes you to this YouTube video:

I give DeltaHub major points for trying really hard to make sure that the Carpio 2.0 is used correctly as I can see it getting a rather negative reputation if they didn’t try this hard. That effort is going to result in high rates of customer satisfaction.

The Carpio 2.0 is available in left and right hand models in large and small sizes. How do you know what size you are? This video will help you with that:

One other thing I should note, if black isn’t your thing, they do come in white and grey. And they have replaceable pads in a bunch of colours that you can choose from. That way you can get the look that you want.

My wife and I got one large and one small Carpio 2.0. Both for our right hands. And I have to say that they arrived quickly. As in we ordered them on a Wednesday and got them on a Saturday. That is impressive.

This is what it looks like when I am using it:

Now about the ability for the Carpio 2.0 to glide with your hand. You mileage may vary with that. If you have a mouse pad or you’re just using a hard desk, that’s 100% true. On my desk pad which is made of vegan leather, not so much. At least, not until I made a minor adjustment to the height of my armrest on my office chair. Then I was good to go. Even if I didn’t do that, it’s far from a deal breaker for me as I have the DPI cranked up on my Kensington Mouse so much that I can control it by making subtle movements of my hand. Now it took me about a day to get used to it, but now I use it consistently. I don’t feel any pressure points while using it and I don’t even think about using it now. As far as I am concerned, this appears to be a total win.

The going price for these is €29,90 with discounts if you buy more than one. After using the Carpio 2.0 for a few days, I’m glad that my wife suggested that we get these. And I’m sure my right wrist will be thankful as well.