Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company.
The new terms detail what services, Facebook sells to third parties that are based on the use of their user’s data, how consumers can close their accounts and under what reasons accounts can be disabled. These developments come after exchanges, which aimed at obtaining full disclosure of Facebook’s business model in a comprehensive and plain language to users.
In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and as a follow-up to the investigation on social media platforms in 2018, the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities requested Facebook to clearly inform consumers how the social network gets financed and what revenues are derived from the use of consumer data. They also requested the platform to bring the rest of its terms of service in line with EU Consumer Law.
As a result, Facebook will introduce new text in its Terms and Services explaining that it does not charge users for its services in return for users’ agreement to share their data and to be exposed to commercial advertisements. Facebook’s terms will now clearly explain that their business model relies on selling targeted advertising services to traders by using the data from the profiles of its users.
In addition, following the enforcement action, Facebook has also amended:
– its policy on limitation of liability and now acknowledges its responsibility in case of negligence, for instance in case data has been mishandled by third parties;
– its power to unilaterally change terms and conditions by limiting it to cases where the changes are reasonable also taking into account the interest of the consumer;
– the rules concerning the temporary retention of content which has been deleted by consumers. Such content can only be retained in specific cases – for instance to comply with an enforcement request by an authority – and for a maximum of 90 days in case of technical reasons;
– the language clarifying the right to appeal of users when the their content has been removed.
Facebook will complete the implementation of all commitments at the latest by the end of June 2019. The Commission and the Consumer Protection Cooperation network will closely monitor the implementation.
If Facebook does not fulfil its commitments, national consumer authorities could decide to resort to enforcement measures, including sanctions.
nCino Acquires Visible Equity to Drive Deeper Insights, Compliance and Advanced Analytics for the Financial Services Industry
nCino, the worldwide leader in cloud banking, today announced that it has acquired Visible Equity, a market-leading financial analytics and compliance software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. This strategic acquisition leverages the unique strengths and joint synergies of each company to further drive and accelerate transformation in financial services.
Founded in 2008, Visible Equity is a software as a service (SaaS) company that provides portfolio management, analytics and compliance solutions to banks and credit unions. The combination of Visible Equity’s advanced analytics software with nCino’s best-in-class Bank Operating System brings new functionality and benefits to end users, including:
- Enhanced portfolio management with increased analytical insights across any financial institution’s portfolio, drilling down to individual deposits and loans;
- Increased confidence in overall portfolio risk assessment including probability of default and loss-given default models;
- Regulatory compliance combined with state-of-the-art analytics to manage, monitor and comply with fair lending; and
- A comprehensive ALLL/CECL solution that effectively accounts, through robust models, for loan impairment and expected loss, and instantly produces reports and disclosures.
“Visible Equity is a perfect complement to our vision, mission and company culture,” said Pierre Naudé, CEO of nCino. “From the very beginning, nCino’s mission has been to transform financial services through innovation, reputation and speed, and we believe this acquisition will further enable us to execute on that mission. We’re extremely excited to expand the nCino Bank Operating System to provide even more advanced analytics and compliance capabilities to our clients, enabling them to drive greater insights, efficiency and risk management while furthering their customer relationships.”
Tara Lathrop, Supervisor of Leadership Support and Innovative Solutions at Corning Credit Union, said, “The industry is changing at a rapid pace and digital transformation and risk management is a continuous journey and challenge. Our members and employees are constantly looking for best-in-class technology, process efficiency, data insights, and risk management tools. These are the reasons why we already partnered with nCino and Visible Equity. Both companies have always had a philosophy of being able to fully support and scale with their clients and this acquisition highlights nCino’s vision of being able to offer more to respond to changing industry and client needs. We’re very excited about this combination, particularly as we continue to grow and scale as an organization.”
“Joining the nCino team is the right move for us and a natural fit,” added Brad Hansen, President and CEO of Visible Equity. “We share with them a passion for innovation, a laser-focus on customer success and a commitment to culture. A key driver of our desire to become part of the nCino family is their industry-leading Bank Operating System and ability to support a global client base of enterprise, regional and community financial institutions. We’re excited to share our insights and experience and look forward to further transforming financial services together.”
While Visible Equity and nCino will continue to offer their products separately to the market, the two platforms will become fully integrated to provide a seamless client and cloud-based experience, as well as an unparalleled portfolio management and regulatory compliance platform.
Ideanomics Rounds Out NEVC Offerings, Updates Unit Name to New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS)
Ideanomics Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) has today announced the formation of New Energy Transportation Services Group (NETS), a service company proving comprehensive and commercial solutions that include Marketing, Financial Services, Technology and Infrastructure for the New Energy Transportation Services industry with.
This newly-formed group will be domiciled in Singapore to embrace the global business ex-China, beginning with Malaysia and the other ASEAN countries. From Asean, the company plans to expand its substantial commercial offerings into other regions, including North America and Europe, to develop and support cleantech commercial vehicle markets. The NETS Group is focusing its full-service model of ‘Sales-to-Financing-to-Charging networks (S2F2C) in efforts to support the full value chain of the cleantech commercial vehicle industry. As the new energy transportation markets continue to gain momentum globally, we expect our sales from the NETS Group to grow significantly by the end of 2020 and with it the potential to spin-off what is anticipated to a highly profitable division to create additional shareholder value.
According to a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report “…commercial electric van and truck sales are set to accelerate in the 2020s,” and “By 2040, it’s expected that 56% of light commercial vehicle sales and 31% of medium commercial vehicles in China, the U.S. and Europe to be electric.”
The NETS Group is positioning to become a global leader in the sourcing, sales, and debt and equity financing of global new energy transportation solutions; to help streamline the adoption of cleantech commercial vehicles, and associated infrastructure, and to support the rapid adoption of new energy passenger vehicles, globally.
The NETS Group competitive advantage will be improved pricing through volume discount from factory to customer direct group-based purchasing, improved financing rates and availability, and will have the ability to procure a full range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers through a single point of service in ASEAN, European, and North American markets.
“Having recently began to refer to this business unit as the NEVC Group, we took a step back and considered what additional services and solutions we needed to round out the offering,” said Alf Poor. “With the continued interest in light rail and heavy municipal vehicles, such as garbage and fire trucks, as part of our audience’s transportation planning objectives, we understood that a full-service solution would need to include light rail, and the power infrastructure required for the different forms of new energy transportation from rail to the fast-charging networks needed to support the different types of commercial vehicles required for tomorrow’s transportation needs.”
The NETS Group continues to expand and grow its new energy commercial vehicle strategic industry alliances within the new energy commercial transportation ecosystem with partners and market leaders such as JAC, Beijing Foton, Yinlong, and BYD. The NETS Group will continue to grow this alliance and add new strategic partners and market leaders, and grow its offerings, enterprise operational tools, and commercial support to fuel the fast and growing demand.
“Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence will play an increasingly import role the New Energy Transportation Services industry. Our world-class AI offerings from our subsidiary ‘Intelligenta’ will support this commercial level smart integration needed for a successful go to market strategy,” said Poor.
The NETS Group plans to leverage its full-service model with all stakeholders involved in transportation planning, from local, regional, and national governments, through to private enterprise groups supporting travel and tourism. This will help to establish a cost-efficient underwriting model that will provide a streamlined path for the adoption and transformation to cleantech from urban transportation’s current reliance on fossil fuels.
New Research Reveals SafelyYou’s AI-Enabled Fall Detection Reduces Need for Emergency Service Care in Dementia Care Facilities
Real-time fall detection using SafelyYou’s artificial intelligence-enabled video recording reduced the need for emergency services by a staggering 80% in dementia care facilities, according to research results published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study closely examined the impact of SafelyYou’s memory care-focused technology to detect falls, videotape falls and notify care staff so that video review of the incident could occur immediately after each fall.
“According to the Alzheimer’s Association Report (2016), fall injury is the leading cause of Alzheimer dementia–related hospitalizations, with $5.3 billion in annual cost to Medicare,” said Glen Xiong, Advisory Board Member for SafelyYou. “In residential care facilities, individuals with dementia fall, on average, four times per year and twice as often as other residents. Falls often go unwitnessed. Due to uncertainty regarding the seriousness of each fall, facility staff frequently activate local emergency medical teams to examine the residents, and such visits often result in emergency department visits.”
The study, supported in part by a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging Small Business Innovation Research Grant, was conducted with enrolled participants on June 1 to Aug. 31, 2018. Fall incidents and outcomes were routinely recorded for facility residents, and facility staff reviewed the falls in real time, immediately after each incident, for study participants.
Among 147 falls in the control group, 52 (35.4%) resulted in EMT visits and 36 (24.5%) resulted in ED visits. In contrast, the intervention group had 83 falls, with 13 (15.7%) and seven (8.3%) resulting in EMT and ED visits, respectively. There were relative reductions of 75% in EMT visits and 80% in ED visits.
The AI-enabled camera fall detection system coupled with staff review of fall videos led to more accurate identification of serious falls and incidents compared with less serious falls, such as when a resident intentionally moved to the ground but did not fall.
“Using emergency services less frequently leads to lowered healthcare costs and stress for everyone,” said George Netscher, CEO of SafelyYou. “Speaking with families and hearing the testimonials is really the very best part of our day.”
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