British Data Protection Laws, #MessageToVoyager, Fake News, T-Mobile’s Unlimited 55+ Plan

T-Mobile 55 UnlimitedOn Episode 364 of The Waves of Tech, we dive into international data protection laws, cover domestic issues on fake news, and share new unlimited data options.  In the United Kingdom, the government is intending to enhance and improve personal data protection laws by making deep and sweeping changes.  Forty years ago, NASA sent Voyager into space with a Golden Record that contains images, sounds, and voice recordings.  Forty years later, we can send our own messages to Voyager.  Facebook and Google are considering additional measures to control fake news.  Fake news continues to make headlines globally.  In closing, we break down T-Mobile’s new Unlimited 55+ Plan and share how the demographic are an essential component of today’s technological business and operation.  Thanks for tuning in!  The Waves of Tech is powered by – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

British Government to Extend Data Protection Laws

With the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the UK needs to readopt some personal data protection laws.  They are intending to do so and plan to add several layers of protection including giving people the option to have personal data deleted entirely.

  • Fines to organizations that intentionally or recklessly creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymized data are included
  • The law would allow people to ask for their personal data held by companies be erased
  • UK leaders want to make it easier for customers to move data between providers
  • Significant change in improving consumer rights, personal data protection are coming

Send a Message to Voyager

In 1977, NASA sent Voyager into space with a Golden Record that contained images, sounds bites from nature, and voice recordings from 55 languages.  The hope was that someone or something may find this record in the future and learn of life on Earth.

  • 40 years later, we can now record a message and NASA may beam it to Voyager
  • NASA is accepting submissions to the #MessageToVoyager campaign via social media
  • Methods of communication have significantly changed over 40 years time
  • Bridging the gap between the old and the new technology is the talking point here

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Facebook – Retry on Fake News

Fake News – the stories and drama around fake news continues to proliferate social media channels, political news, audio clips, and radio broadcasts.  Facebook and Google have become the punching box as many look for them to fix the problem and clean it up.

  • Facebook is reworking their algorithms and considering a paywall to reduce fake news
  • The relationship is becoming strained between traditional media and social media
  • Google is using feedback tools, Jigsaw (fact-checking software), and user ratings
  • Tackling fake news is complex and challenging but progress is being done

T-Mobile’s new Unlimited 55+ Plan

Do yourself a favor and watch T-Mobile’s 5 minute announcement of their newest Unlimited 55+ Plan.  The CEO nails it and slams AT&T in the process.  What does this plan consist of then?

  • Two lines, unlimited data, $60 flat, only for consumers 55 year old and up
  • AT&T’s plan contains no data, limited minutes, and non-compatibility with smartphone
  • T-Mobile is breaking the idea that “seniors” only need dumb phones with large numbers
  • The One Unlimited 55+ plan will be available starting August 9th online or in stores
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