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Skimm This: Facial Recognition, Russia Investigation, WhatsApp

May 14, 2019

It’s May 14th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • San Francisco officials are voting today on whether to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology. We’ll explain how this tech works and why some are saying it’s a problem.

  • Attorney General William Barr has appointed the US Attorney in Connecticut to investigate how the Trump-Russia probe got started. We’ll give you the backstory on how we got here.

  • WhatsApp admitted a major cybersecurity breach left users vulnerable to hackers. We’ll tell you what you need to know, but first: update your apps.

  • And finally: Mr. Ratburn on the show “Arthur” got married … and a lot of people are saying ‘congrats.’

theSkimm: Facial recognition technology is creeping into all aspects of life, and San Francisco could be the first city in the US to block it. Other cities are thinking of following suit -- we’ll explain why. Attorney General William Barr wants to know how the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe got started. And he’s calling for back-up: from the US Attorney in Connecticut. Also on today’s episode: a security flaw on WhatsApp could have given hackers your private info, and some pride for your favorite animated aardvark’s teacher

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