France’s data regulator CNIL has issued some recommendations for French services that handle health data, as Mediapart first reported. Those services should avoid using American cloud hosting companies altogether, such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud.
Those recommandations follow a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court in July. The ruling, dubbed Schrems II, struck down the EU-US Data Privacy Shield. Under the Privacy Shield, companies could outsource data processing from the EU to the US in bulk. Due to concerns over US surveillance laws, that mechanism is no longer allowed.
The CNIL is going one step further by saying that services and companies that handle health data should also avoid doing business with American companies — it’s not just about processing European data in Europe. Once again, this is all about avoiding falling under U.S. regulation and rulings.
The regulator sent those recommendations to one of France’s top courts (Conseil d’État). SantéNathon, a group of organizations and unions, originally notified the CNIL over concerns about France’s Health Data Hub.
France is currently building a platform to store health data at the national level. The idea is to build a hub that makes it easier to study rare diseases and use artificial intelligence to improve diagnoses. It is supposed to aggregate data from different sources and make it possible to share some data with public and private institutions for those specific cases.
The technical choices have been controversial as the French government originally chose to partner with Microsoft and its cloud platform Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft, like many other companies, relies on Standard Contractual Clauses for EU-US data transfers. But the Court of Justice of the EU has made it clear that EU regulators have to intervene if data is being transferred to an unsafe country when
Sony announced it’s expanding the number of trophy levels and changing how they’re calculated ahead of the release of the PS5.
Currently, PlayStation Network users have a level from one to 100 based on the total number of trophies they’ve collected while playing games on the platform. Starting later today that will change, with everyone being moved over to a new 1,000 level scale. For example, if your current level is 12, via Sony’s peculiar inflation your new level will end up somewhere in the 200s. In addition, each 100 levels will be associated with a different trophy icon ranging from a small bronze to a giant gold and eventually, upon hitting level 999, a platinum.
More significantly, Sony says it’s changed some of the math behind how these new trophy levels are calculated. “Players will progress quicker through the early levels, and levels will increase more consistently,” the company wrote over on the PlayStation blog. “Platinum trophies will count more toward your level progression, making them even more valuable.”
That’s good news for people tired of sitting somewhere in the teens despite having played hundreds of games and earned thousands of trophies. Under the existing regime, bronze trophies are worth 15 points, silver are worth 30 points, gold are worth 90 points, and platinum are worth double that at 180 points. Meanwhile it takes 2,000 points to go from level 11 to level 12, and 2,400 points to go from level 12 to level 13. While Sony didn’t reveal exactly how the new system will be calculated, it called the progression “more optimized and rewarding.”
Sony also said trophies should carry over normally from PS4 to PS5. It doesn’t sound like there are any plans
MANILA, Philippines — The government will discuss a proposal to allow poor students avail the services of computer and internet shops for their online classes, the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield revealed on Wednesday.
In a statement, JTF COVID Shield chief Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the task force issued the proposal as most of the local government units (LGUs) are lacking funds to procure gadgets and provide them to thousands of students for distance learning.
“We feel and understand the concerns of both the students and the parents, especially the poor, in this new kind of learning method. That is why the national government, through the NTF (National Task Force) on COVID-19 and the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) are really finding ways to extend all the necessary assistance to them,” Elezar, who is also Philippine National Police chief for administration, said.
Currently, Eleazar said the existing guideline prohibits minors from entering establishments such as computer and internet shops to prevent further transmission of the coronavirus disease.
Several groups have complained about the conduct of blended learning as public schools marked the start of academic year 2020-2021 on Oct. 5, Monday.
Youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan said education of Filipino students was underfunded and exclusive. Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), meanwhile, received reports that some modules given to students have missing pages and errors.
The channel will also feature content such as a new series called The Board Room, a show that will take place in recording studios and feature two producers discussing each other’s work. The first episode, which will air during Move Forward Fest, features legendary hip-hop producers Just Blaze and The Alchemist, while later episodes, which will begin airing Oct. 22, will include Black Milk and Jake One, Drumma Boy and Sonny Digital, and more. It will host at least one live performance each week, as well as curated DJ sets, Q&As and talk-based shows which align with Move Forward’s track record of highlighting emerging artists and talent early in their careers. That will include the show Screen Time, hosted by Alexa Leighton, which will center on music videos from indie artists, and the music-discovery podcast Not 97.
“I want to be able to walk away from this year not just like, ‘We filled the gaps and plugged the holes and now we’re back to doing what we were doing before,’ but try to come out of it with something that’s a complementary piece so that when we start coming back and doing live shows again, we’ll still have other content that’s complementary,” Damashek says. “And we can offer a richer experience that’s still centered around live music, but that has these different elements to it.”
The Twitch stream will be free to watch with ads, with a paid subscription option that will remove ads, allow viewers to interact with those on the stream, and be entered to win product and merchandise giveaways. And Damashek sees the partnership as adding value to what Move Forward does, which will stick around even once the company is able to promote live concerts again.
“I’m a firm believer that concerts
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