Funny How Everyone You Know Became a Snow Expert Last Week, Huh?

first_imgNew York Magazine:Something funny happens in the days leading up to a big snowstorm: A lot of people who know next to nothing about snowstorms suddenly start acting like they know a lot about snowstorms.There are a lot of people spreading questionable information, in other words, and if it seems like those who are loudest about their perceived weather expertise are the ones who least know what they’re talking about, well, that’s not very surprising to psychologists who study self-perceived knowledge. “[T]his is a great example of overclaiming,” University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley told Science of Us in an email. He’s referring to the notion that people tend to overestimate their knowledge on a given subject, especially when they think they know a lot about the subject. You’ve been skimming a lot of news articles about the weather this week, and bam — you start considering yourself more knowledgeable about meteorology than you probably are.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Israel opens investigation into Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

first_img Related iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM, Israel) — Israel’s privacy regulatory authority announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into Facebook’s activities, following reports that the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had misused information from up to 50 million Facebook accounts. Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority, which regulates personal digital information, said it had launched the probe into the tech giant in response to reports “on the transfers of personal data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, and the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis.” It said it would “investigate whether personal data of Israeli citizens was illegally used in a way that infringes upon their right to privacy” and Israeli privacy protection law. The regulatory authority said it had informed Facebook of the move today. The Privacy Protection Authority noted that, according to Israeli law, “personal data may only be used to the purpose for which it was given, with the consent of the individual.”Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more