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Meta Faces Mounting Questions from Congress on Health Data Privacy As Hospitals Remove Facebook Tracker
Meta is facing mounting questions about its access to sensitive medical data following a Markup investigation that found the company’s pixel tracking tool collecting details about patients’ doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and health conditions on hospital websites. During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on...
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 14, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. Congress gets an official API. The United States’ legislative branch now has an official API, the Library of Congress announced last week. It provides structured data on legislators, bills, bill summaries, amendments, committee reports, appointee nominations, international treaties, and more. To use the service, you’ll need to sign up for a free API key. Read more: Some context from the Congressional Data Coalition. Related: The Government Publishing Office’s bulk data on bills and bill summaries (DIP 2020.08.26) and ProPublica’s Congress API. [h/t Jackie Kazil]
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 21, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. Labor turnover. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey estimates the number of jobs that people quit, how many people were fired or laid off, the number of new hires, and the current number of open positions. Those estimates, based on data gathered from a sample of businesses across the country, are available to download and query by state, industry, and business size. They include most types of workers, regardless of whether they’re full time or part time, permanent or seasonal, salaried or hourly.
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 7, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. LGBTQ+ rights. Equaldex tracks LGBTQ+ rights around the world, categorizing the liberties and restrictions that relate to more than a dozen issues, such as same-sex marriage, blood donation, military service, employment discrimination, and the right to change one’s legal gender. The collaboratively edited database provides an API to retrieve those categorizations and contextual notes by country and/or U.S. state. The project also keeps tabs on developments that alter those rights and public opinion polling. [h/t Giuseppe Sollazzo]
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Vitaly Fedchenko is a widely recognized authority on fissionable things that go boom in the night and a mighty important fellow in the business of thwarting the apocalypse.Indeed, the throw-weight of this nuclear engineer’s expertise on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s arsenal of Armageddon is perhaps best illustrated by the blast radius of his job title at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute: Senior Researcher for Strategic Forces Technology, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Reactors, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Nuclear Materials and Fuel, Uranium and Plutonium, Nuclear Warheads, Nuclear Forensics and Verification in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Program.“A nuclear blast is a nuclear...
Data Is Plural is a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. This edition, dated Sept. 28, 2022, has been republished with permission of the author. FDA inspections. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s inspections dashboard lists 264,000-plus assessments of facilities (primarily those manufacturing food, drugs, and other FDA-regulated products) and 227,000-plus problems the inspectors found. The fields include the facility owner, location, product type, inspection completion date, and outcomes. The records, which go back to fiscal year 2009, can be bulk-downloaded from the dashboard and queried via an API. They come with certain caveats; they exclude, for instance, “inspections waiting for a final enforcement action” and those conducted by state (rather than federal) inspectors. Related: More compliance-related data dashboards from the FDA.