TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’

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A change to TikTok’s U.S. Privacy Policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric […]

White House expands investment ban on Chinese tech and telecom companies

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The Biden administration has replaced and expanded Trump-era restrictions on investing in certain Chinese firms deemed supportive of that country’s surveillance and military apparatus. Major tech, space, and telecom companies are listed in the initial 59 covered by the Executive Order, with more to come by order of the Treasury. “I find that the use […]

Climate tech is about to fly commercial

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Hiring private contractors to sample greenhouse gases from the air is an important aspect of NOAA’s climate research. Here, Paolo Wilczak pilots a sampling flight over southeastern Connecticut on April 25, 2020, as part of the E…

Medium sees more employee exits after CEO publishes ‘culture memo’

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In April, Medium CEO Ev Williams wrote a memo to his staff about the company’s shifting culture in the wake of a challenging year. “A healthy culture brings out the best in people,” he wrote. “They feel psychologically safe voicing their ideas and engaging in debate to find the best answer to any question — […]