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Here is Why Mountain Lions Run Away from the Sound of Humans!

They are so Afraid that they Run Away When they Hear Us

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A new study conducted by a student of the University of California says that mountain lions run away to the sound of the humans.. Pixabay
  • A new study conducted by a student of University of California says that mountain lions run away from the sound of the humans
  • “We exposed pumas in the Santa Cruz mountains to the sound of human voices to see if they would react with fear and flee, and the results were striking: They were definitely afraid of humans”
  • The study might prove to be valuable because of the human interference in places of the habitat of the Pumas which increases the chance of human-puma encounters

Los Angeles, June 23, 2017:

One roar from the “King of the Jungle” and that will be enough to chill your spine. We all fear those canines and claw bearing wild cats but that might not be the only case. A new study conducted by a student of the University of California says that mountain lions run away to the sound of the humans.

Justine Smith, who led the study as a graduate student in University of California (UC), Santa Cruz in the US said,  “We exposed pumas in the Santa Cruz mountains to the sound of human voices to see if they would react with fear and flee, and the results were striking: They were definitely afraid of humans.”

The study might prove to be valuable because of the human interference in places of the habitat of the Pumas which increases the chance of human-puma encounters.

“Fear is the mechanism behind an ecological cascade that goes from humans to pumas to increased puma predation on deer. We are seeing that human disturbance – beyond hunting – may alter the ecological role of large carnivores.” said Wilmers.

He also added, “As we encroach on lion habitat, our presence will likely affect the link between top predators and their prey,” he added.

– by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Microsoft to Implement California’s Digital Privacy Law Throughout the US

The European Union last year rolled out new privacy regulations for its citizens called the GDPR, but the US doesn't have a similar law

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

Microsoft has announced to implement California’s digital privacy law, that comes into effect from January 1, 2020, throughout the US.

In a blog post, the tech giant said the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) marks an important step towards providing people with more robust control over their data in the US.

“It also shows that we can make progress to strengthen privacy protections in this country at the state level even when Congress can’t or won’t act,” Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, said on Monday.

The CCPA allows people to request that data be deleted and gives them the opportunity to opt out of having their information sold to a third party.

In 2018, Microsoft voluntarily extended the core data privacy rights included in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to customers around the world, not just to those in the EU who are covered by the regulation.

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FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

“Similarly, we will extend CCPA’s core rights for people to control their data to all our customers in the US,” it said.

More than 25 million people around the world, including over 10 million people in the US, have used Microsoft’s privacy dashboard to understand and control their personal data.

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Under CCPA, companies must be transparent about data collection and use, and provide people with the option to prevent their personal information from being sold.

“Microsoft will continue to monitor those changes, and make the adjustments needed to provide effective transparency and control under CCPA to all people in the US,” Brill said.

The European Union last year rolled out new privacy regulations for its citizens called the GDPR, but the US doesn’t have a similar law. (IANS)