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February 2, 2024

New Report Finds the Majority of Parents Don’t Update Privacy Controls in Social Apps 

  • Most parents don’t update their children’s privacy settings on social media, even though platforms offer them.
  • A study found that by the end of 2022, less than 10% of teenagers on Instagram had enabled the parental supervision setting.
  • Despite privacy tools being readily available, most people do not deploy them.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

AI will not be mass destroyer of jobs – Bank chief 

  • The Bank of England’s governor believes AI will not destroy many jobs and that humans will learn to work with new technologies.
  • A report by the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee focuses on large language models (LLMs) which power generative AI tools like ChatGPT.
  • The UK hosted the world’s first AI Safety Summit in November 2023, where a global declaration on managing AI risks was announced.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

South Yorkshire to be focus for smartphone illness prevention study 

  • A new study in South Yorkshire will test whether smartphone sensors can help detect and prevent illnesses.
  • Global tech giant Google will conduct the research, alongside academics and local government staff.
  • The first project will test whether the smartphone sensors could detect high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chronic kidney disease.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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Police forced to run background checks on sex abuse suspects or face sack under proposed ‘Gaia’s Law’ 

  • Police officers who fail to run background checks on sex offence suspects, will face being fired.
  • The new measures will force officers investigating cases of rape and serious sexual offences to investigate any prior allegations against the suspect, to ensure repeat offenders are identified.
  • They come in memory of Gaia Pope, whose death was linked to police mishandling a rape report against a repeat offender.
  • For more, please visit the Independent website.

Cash offer for new childcare workers amid shortage 

  • The UK government is offering a £1,000 cash incentive to attract new childcare workers to England.
  • This is in response to a shortage of childcare workers, which are needed as the expansion of funded hours begins.
  • Childcare workers say that low pay and limited career progression are the main reasons they leave the profession.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.