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Radio show date 06-17-2022

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John C Morley (00:09):

Hi everyone. I'm John C Morley, the host of the JMOR TECH TALK SHOW and INSPIRATIONS FOR YOUR LIFE.

John C Morley (01:04):

Well, hi, everyone. It is John C Morley, serial entrepreneur here. Welcome again to another fantastic fabulous episode of the JMOR TECH TALK SHOW. I can't believe we are on the third week of June. Only one more week of June to go. And then we'll be in July. I mean, where did January and February go? Where was spring? I don't think we ever had a spring. All right. So, there's been a lot of talk in the news about lots of different things. I'm sure you guys have been following that. And the thing that I want to talk about today, which I think is pretty important if you haven't been following, you know, what's been going on, Musk threatens to walk away from the Twitter deal. Yeah. He threatens to walk away from the Twitter deal. And so why do you think that is?

John C Morley (01:53):

Well, something is not making sense, right? I mean, we said that he wanted to do this basically for free speech. I mean, that's what many people I've talked to have said. That's why he, you know, wants to do what he's doing but is that the reason? I don't know. It's funny because he's just like he's all over the place. And I think what we're seeing now is that you know there was a strong intent for him to want to be able to buy, you know, to buy the Twitter. But what exactly is going on? Well, let's break this down a little bit. So, you know, Elon Musk issued his most direct fit basically to walk away from his purchaser, Twitter, not too long ago and accused the social media of breaching the merger grant by not providing data he requested on spam and fake accounts.

John C Morley (03:04):

You see, Twitter says it's less than 5%. However, Elon thinks it's a lot more. So, my question is, is this something that he wants, or if he's able to find a lower value, is it just that they're trying to stuff? The stock values, you know, and then that's not good either, but I mean, what's going on here? So, shares of Twitter fell early, and even before the latest development, the Twitter stock was trading well below must take over 5420 per share, indicating investors are pretty skeptical about the deal going through, and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has stood by his company's long term spam metric in a statement Monday, the company just recently had said Twitter has and will continue to cooperatively share information with Mr. Musk to make the transaction following the terms of the merger in the agreement.

John C Morley (04:13):

I don't know if this is just a game that's going on. We're just going to have to wait and see, to be honest with you, because yes, I understand where Elon's coming from. And I also understand where Twitter's coming from, but frankly, I don't trust either side, so we're going to have to see, you know, what's going on there, and we'll keep you informed, with what's going on. And something else interesting is that the German government warns Kaspersky that software risks could be exploited by Russia. That's interesting. So agencies see greater threats since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and Kaspersky rejects the claims saying that war isn't good for anyone. Germany warned against using antivirus offer from mask Moscow's based Kaspersky lab due to risks that it could be exploited by Russia for a cyber-attack and the federal office for information security or the BSI issued the warning not too long ago, saying that the company and authorities with special security status and operators of critical infrastructure could be particularly at risk, the danger in Greece since Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the bond based agency said in a press release, citing threats made by Moscow's agency, NATO, the European Union, and Germany.

John C Morley (05:37):

So, you know, I'm not a big fan. I, I never was a big fan, to be honest, of Kaspersky. I didn't like Norton. I didn't like Kaspersky, not for any political reasons. The bottom line is a lot of these software programs. They just had too much overhead. And I still see this today with a lot of them. And the problem is that they all have these very attractive, sexy-looking interfaces, but there's too much under the hood running them. They're not lean and mean behind-the-scenes machines. And I think that's a real serious problem. So, we're going to have to watch and see what's going on there, but if you have Kaspersky, make sure that you don't use it because if you use it, there could be problems coming across the pipeline from Russia. No pun intended there.

John C Morley (06:37):

So, I don't know, ladies and gentlemen, I think it's a problem what's going on. And we're going to have to see, you know, what is happening because you know, every day, you know, they sort of change things around, and I don't feel like the public is getting the truth about things, whether that's intentional or whether that's just because the information being shared is, is not enough. I mean, that's pure, I think, speculation right now, and again, we're going to have to just investigate and see, you know, what's going on with that because again, at the end of the day, we'll have to see, you know, what what's happening. And I don't know. I am not happy with it. And in other news, which I think you're going to be very happy to hear is that the European Union agrees that all mobile devices must use a common USBC charger.

John C Morley (07:49):

So, this is going to mean that Apple's going to have to ditch the lightning port. Apple will have to change the connector on the iPhone sold in Europe by 2024 and after the EU countries and lawmakers agree now with the single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in a word first, but the political intervention with the European Commission said they would make life easier for consumers and save them money and just make it easier. Cause I think you're always having to buy a different charger, and then they stop giving you the charger in the box. So, I have to see what's going to happen. And I feel that a lot of companies are going to push back, but they can't because if they want to sell their product, it's just not going to be allowed unless you have the USB-C port.

John C Morley (08:40):

I think it's a great idea. I think it's something that should have happened a long time ago. Cause I feel like we're always getting ripped off when we go to buy a phone, and then we have to get a charger because this charger is a different charger, and then you saw what Apple did. They didn't even provide a charger in the box. So, I mean, what's with that? And they said they're trying to do this to save our environment. Yeah. Right. I don't believe that too much. Here's an interesting one. Ladies and gentlemen, a fertility app and the data from it can now be subpoenaed in court. This gets a little bit out of a sci-fi film. If you ask me, cycle tracking apps stand behind their privacy policies. However, the data that's extracted from them can be sent to courts.

John C Morley (09:36):

It's a problem. And you might say, John, you know, why is it a big problem? Well, the data could be used as evidence against someone suspected of having an abortion. I think we're starting to step a little bit too deep with technology. And I think we're starting to do more than just peak the privacy curtain. We're starting to rip it down, and no one's going to do anything until there's some pushback. I don't know. Information stored in a cycle tracking app isn't covered by the medical privacy law HIPAA. So, companies have broad leeway with how they use it and who they share it with. Something seems messed up with that. I don't know.

John C Morley (10:33):

And they often share information with data brokers, advertisers, and other third parties, which is a problem. And it's often difficult to track who has it. So that means that your lifestyle can now be sold for pennies on the dollar or maybe a little more. Hopefully, I don't know to date that data from things like cycle tracking apps don't appear to have been used to prosecute pregnant ladies in the United States. But the data polls up by the internet and app use has already been used for the extract purposes. So interesting that people are starting to pull it now; whether they push it to court, that's a whole other thing, but I feel it strips people of their privacy rights. And I want to make a quote here. "Law enforcement is more tech-savvy than they've ever been in history." It's hard to predict the new ways states will criminalize abortion. And they might find to use personal health data and other digital tools to prosecute people. They suspect terminating a pregnancy. I just don't know what to say to this. I mean, I get that people want to do pro-life and all those things, and I'm not getting on that conversation, but the fact that your personal life and the way you live your life can be tracked. I mean, what's next, right?

John C Morley (12:21):

There's a telemedicine company that offers birth control, and emergency contraception said in a statement from a spokesperson and nodder that it keys patient data confidential quoting. "We will evaluate our response to any eventual decision in light of our mission and principles concerning contraceptive access and affordability." I know I'd be scheduled about companies that have access to this data. And now we're concerned about prosecuting someone and exploiting their own personal life's data. I don't know.

John C Morley (13:13):

A quote that I'd like to make from Conti cook says, "Don't share your phone with the police, social workers, or anyone at a hospital use internet browsers that prevent tracking and use encrypted text messaging apps to discuss anything sensitive." Okay. This all sounds, you know, well and good. However, what we don't know is that the data that you are storing on your phone, I have to bet, is probably getting stored in the cloud. What do you think? Do you think the data from, let's say, fertility apps are being stored in the cloud? I think so it's a problem. And now not only is it a problem but it's got a very hard way of marketing to people. Now flow the manufacturer of one of these apps. And I quote says for any new purpose of processing, we will ask your separate consent, no sale of personal data we will not sell or rent your data. I don't know. It's a problem. Real problem. And now your data can be pushed over the cloud and can be sent to a court, right? But the biggest problem I see is how this is HIPAA data. And because of a loophole, they're able to send this data to courts.

John C Morley (15:45):

I'm very speechless about where this is going. And I think we need to send a message to lawmakers that this should not be tolerated. It shouldn't. This is a problem. And you might be saying, well, it's not a big deal. Well, I guess it depends. It's estimated that millions of people in the United States use period tracking apps to plan, track when they're ovulating, and monitor other health effects. The apps can help signal when a period is late.

John C Morley (16:46):

I don't know. And people ask, is your period tracking app data shared? Does it encrypt the data that it stores? In short, if you can't find terms of service for the app, don't use it. And we said that period tracking apps are often not covered under the health insurance portability and accountability act HIPAA. However, if the company is billing for healthcare services, it should still be protected under HIPAA. So that's a small line. HIPAA doesn't prevent the company from sharing de-identified data. If the app is free and the company is monetizing the data, then you are the product. And HIPAA does not apply. Let me say that again.

John C Morley (17:55):

HIPAA doesn't prevent the company from sharing de-identified data. If the app is free, so, make sure your app is one that you pay for and that it's part of your health services. That's one way of getting protected, and the company is monetizing the data. Then you are the product, and HIPAA does not apply when it comes to marketing away that's pregnant in her data is very high importance and can be hard to hide from many cookies and bots on the internet period tracking apps often ask for health information besides Metro cycle details to take part in the broader internet data economy, two for other studies, this data is oftentimes sold to third parties, such as "big tech companies" or to "insurance companies." And we all know what they do with the data. They use it to make big dollar marketing and targeting decisions such as should we sell you a life insurance policy or how much should your premium be flow health, by the way, is a headquarter in London.

John C Morley (19:34):

And after promises of privacy, shared health data of users using its fertility tracking app with outside data analytics companies, including, I'm sure this is no surprise, Facebook and Google. They're just using another paw to monetize you. This is wrong. It's wrong. The period tracking app cycles, which is owned by a Swedish company, purge falls into this category. The company promises its users that it does not do anything in terms of advertising or selling data to third parties. Instead, it makes money solely through subscriptions, spokesperson Randall engineers said, but is this truthful? Some states, such as California and Virginia, have state-level laws that give users ownership of their information and whether to sell to third parties. So, the long and short question is, could this data be used in a criminal prosecution? The short answer is yes, but it depends on where you live. It's quite frightening. If you ask me, even the EU or the European Union companies are subject to US legal process, though it would take longer. The US has mutual legal trees with other countries. So, does that mean your data can somehow go overseas? If you learn something about your period, should you delete the data once you learn about it? Now, many people say it's unlikely that just the tracking app data would be used solely to convict somebody for having an abortion.

John C Morley (22:18):

But it doesn't seem to negate the fact that your data could be compromised. I mean, do you think about convenience first, or do you think about security first? I mean, let's be honest. And I think at the end of the day, nothing's going to happen until a lawsuit is brought about and privacy experts warn that the data from period tracking apps may soon be used against you. I mean, they're warning you millions of people in the United States use period, tracking apps, millions. And we all know that when data is sold to brokers, you're a number. And whether your life gets compromised based on that sale, it's not their problem. It's not. So how do we stop fertility apps from selling data?


John C Morley (24:19):

I think it comes down to agreeing that this is a privacy nightmare. That's number one. The second thing is that if you are putting too much of your life's data in your phone, now we all put some data in there. Okay? But I think we're making life too easy by doing that. And now you might say to me, John, well, what are we supposed to do? How do we prevent the nightmare? Well, don't use it. That's number one. That would be the best thing. Yes. The data could be used to target you with ads that could get you to buy more or maybe be able to appear to you because you're vulnerable in a certain situation. And thus, you'd be more likely to buy something. See, I think that is unfair. There are a handful of companies that showed up in research about the people that get the data. And it's not just Google and Amazon, and Facebook. Now a spokesperson from clue said the app doesn't send these companies any health data. They're used for internal purposes only, but I really wouldn't believe them.

John C Morley (26:11):

They asked if the data could be passed on to medical insurers. They said there's no evidence of that, but they didn't say that it's not plausible. Many of the people that write these things say it is the companies, not the consumers, that need to change their behavior because, remember, the companies are all about big money, and they don't care about your privacy or your privacy. They don't. It reminds me of something called PCI compliance. I would think that any data being stored about the body should be HIPAA related, especially when it's stored on a device that's owned by that person. Even though that device does not share the data directly in the app, we, you all know that there are ways to use an API to contact that device and find out who the owner of that phone is, their phone number, and then be able to text them. So, this is all baloney that they don't pass the data; just because they don't pass the data doesn't mean that they can't get the data. I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but hey, if they're paying a lot of money, they'll be happy to go through some extra hurdles to be able to hit a vulnerable audience like yourself and gets you to buy. I'll give you an example.

John C Morley (27:58):

Let's say that you recently, I don't know, maybe you recently had some type of injury, and there's a certain injury that requires you to have more protein in your body or whatever. I'm just making this up, and they could target the people that had more injuries, and now they could charge more money to those people and even make a supply and demand gain like a bait and switch. So, I see a lot of problems with this. And fertility app is just something that is coming up because a lot of women use it, and millions of users have it. And because of the issue pointed about abortion being illegal.


John C Morley (28:48):

So not to get onto the whole thing about abortion, but is abortion illegal? That's what you're probably asking me. And to answer your question, okay, it's legal in some places and illegal in other places. So, for example, in Florida, okay, it is legal. Texas will try to prohibit abortion. Okay. So again, in Illinois, it remains legal. In California, abortion remains legal. So, California's an expanded area. In places like North Dakota, they try to prohibit it. New Jersey It's legal. So, there are a lot of places on the map. If you look at that, it's considered to be frowned upon. And I think because it has such a personal impact on people's lives, they're exploiting this area.

John C Morley (30:46):

I've said this to you before when you use technology for good, great. You can use technology for bad; technology is no different than a weapon, right? You can use it for good. You can use it for bad. If you're using technology to exploit someone, it's bad. If you're using technology and someone's being exploited, but you're not part of the exploiting. In other words, you're not part of that process. Are you guilty? Well, you're not guilty directly, but if you're the manufacturer of the app and somebody is exploiting that data, it's your responsibility to protect that data. And we all know that these companies, like medical companies and drug companies, they could be bought out very easily, and they want to get the most money for something. They want to market a product to someone. Even if that product is bad, just to let you know, a product could be blacklisted.

John C Morley (31:52):

And then, within a few months or a year, it could be back on the market. Retagged for a different ailment. I mean, that's just, that's just pathetic. All right. I wanted to make you aware of it. So, privacy is very important, and it's affecting ladies all over the United States. So be careful if you're using a fertility app to tell your menstruation cycles. Make sure you understand that it's about privacy. And if there is no privacy policy in the app, don't use it. If the app is free, don't use it. If the app is coming to you and you're getting it as part of your health services, make sure you understand that and what it does, but when an app is free, you have less likelihood of a leg to stand on. It's free. Right? All right. I know we spent a lot of time on that, but I think it was very important.

John C Morley (32:48):

So, you know, what's coming out? Yep. iOS 16 is going to be coming out very soon. And let's talk a little about what's going to be on iOS 16. So, they're going to have the lock screen gallery; you have to lock screen switching. You could switch your lock screen throughout the day, touch and hold it, and then swipe. You'll have a gallery for inspiration on how to make the lock screen on your own. You can browse a gallery of many options backdrop, stylized view of the date and time, and information you can see at a glance. There are a lot of things in the lock world. Focus, lock screen, and linking transform how your iPhone looks and functions at the same time by connecting your lock screen to your focus. So, when you look at it, right? ICloud shared a photo library, share's separate iCloud photo library with up to five other people, messages you could add a message for up to 15 minutes after sending it. That's a pretty cool song as they haven't read it yet. Right. Mark messages unread when you don't have time to respond, but want to be sure to reply to the sender, share, play via messages, share synchronized activities like movies, music, workouts, games, and more with friends while chatting in messages, collaboration, invitations automatically added to the document. Spreadsheets, files, notes pages, reminders, etcetera. Smart search corrections and intelligence search improve your results by correcting typos and using sys for your search terms.

John C Morley (34:47):

There's a whole bunch of customizations for a safari that is going to be coming. The shared tab groups share a set of tabs with friends. Everyone can add their tabs and see the tab group up instantly. As you work together with friends and collaborate on past keys, replace passwords with an easier and safer sign-in method. Your private key is never kept on a web server. So, you don't have to worry about websites leaking or compromising your accounts. All right, the live text is completely interactive in paused video frames. So, you can use functions like copy and paste. Look up and translate. Live text works and photos, quick look, safari, and more Siri is going to do more. You can now run shortcuts with Siri as soon as you download an app, and there are no setups. You can now ask Siri to hang up a call completely hands-free. Just say, hey Siri, hang up during a call, and that'll work for a phone call or for face time.

John C Morley (35:51):

All new dictation experience. Multi-Stop routing options. That's going to be handy. The Apple pay and wallet. When you check out with Apple pay, you can now split your Apple pay purchases into four equal payments over six weeks and track what you owe and when you owe it in the wallet. That's pretty cool. The all-new home app has an all-new design that makes it easier to navigate an organized view and control all of your accessories. In one spot, categories for lights, climate security, speakers, TVs, and water, let you quickly access all the relevant accessories organized by room in your home tile designs. There's more on health. There's more in fitness. There's more in family sharing more on CarPlay privacy. There's a new section in settings that helps people with a domestic or intimate partner and violent situations quickly reset the access they've granted to others. It helps you manage which people and apps you've been given access to.

John C Morley (36:59):

That's cool. Improvements to media streaming security get important security improvements to your device even faster. And these improvements can be applied automatically between standard and software updates, which I think that's cool. Cause you always used to have to wait so long because your security updates were part of your major updates. Now they're going to be the separate increase size limit, find, and download more immersive app clips with a 50% larger size limit audiobook mini player. You could do four ground blurs in portrait photos. Seven new bilingual dictionaries are now available, hands off, and FaceTime move. Facetime calls seamlessly from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad and vice versa. That's pretty cool.

John C Morley (37:56):

There's a game center. There's iCloud plus hide my email and apps. I think that's cool. You can even add additional layouts for different types of users. They call them the swung pin layout, more sticker poses. Keep track of favorites news, notes duplicate detection of photos, new library, and CarPlay for podcasts. A new reminder. You have a spotlight section. There's a stock section. There's a translating camera that translates the text around you using the camera in the translate app. So, pause the view to get translations overlaid on text in a photo and zoom in to get closer looks at the translated text in photos from your photo letter. That's cool, John. I'm looking forward to that TV app. Get a notification when severe weather alerts have been issued near you. And these are just some of the things that are supposed to be in the new iOS 16. So, we got a lot coming on there. And the last story for tonight that I want to talk about, well, we all know about technology, right? Imagine having a piece of technology, okay? That is worth $500,000.

John C Morley (39:36):

Now you might be saying, what is this? Well, imagine an old piece of technology that is worth that. What is it? I thought you'd never ask for the Apple one fully functional computer, half a million dollars.

John C Morley (39:59):

Pretty impressive. Right? So, save your old Apples. Save your old technology because you never know when it might be worth something. Did you think your Apple would be worth half a million dollars? Probably not, all ladies and gentlemen. I have had a blast with you tonight, sharing all this great information, but of course, you know, when we use technology, remember to be smart and think about your privacy first, before you think about convenience, when you say that's great. I'd love to do that. What privacy concerns are involved, and how is security implemented is their encryption. Where's the data being stored? Ask yourself these kinds of questions. If you don't know the answers to them, find out. And if you can't get the answers to them, I don't think you should probably use it. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm John C Morley, serial entrepreneur. It has been a privilege and pleasure to be with you tonight.

John C Morley (41:00):

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