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X updates its Privacy Policy to access users’ Biometric Data  

X updates its Privacy Policy to access users’ Biometric Data 

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X updates its Privacy Policy to access users’ Biometric Data  

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X, formerly known as Twitter, has announced a new privacy policy that will be officially implemented from September 29th, 2023. The updated policy allows X to collect users’ biometric data, such as fingerprints and facial scans, for safety, security and identification purposes. Along with this, the microblogging platform will also be able to access users’ educational background and job history. The privacy policy changes have been rolled ahead of X’s plan to add video and add calls to its app. Other big tech companies including Google, Apple and Facebook also collect users’ biometric data for variety of security purposes.


‘Search feature’ is soon coming to Threads

Threads, which recently launched its web version, is all set to add another highly requested feature to its app. According to TechCrunch, Thread is now testing a search feature in Australia and New Zealand. This will allow users to search for posts by keyword. Once this feature is added, Threads users will also be able to search posts of a specific users or posts with a certain hashtag or posts that contain a certain word or phrase. Users can also search posts that were created on a certain date or have been liked or commented on by a certain user. The search feature will be a significant addition to Threads, which has been criticized for lack of basic features.


Google Chrome now lets you copy Frames from Videos

Google Chrome has recently added a new feature that allows users to copy frames from videos. This is a great way to share a specific still from a video or to create memes or GIFs. To copy a frame from a video in Chrome, follow these steps: open the video in Chrome, pause the video at the frame you want to copy and right-click on the video and select “copy video frame.” The copy video frame feature is available in Chrome 103, which was released on August 29, 2023. If you are using an older version of Chrome, you will need to update your browser to use this feature.


Meta rolls out FACET to address cultural bias in AI models

Meta has released a new dataset called FACET, which stands for Fairness in Action for Computer Vision Tasks. This new dataset will facilitate researchers probe computer vision models for cultural and other types of biases. The dataset contains up to 100,000 images of people, annotated with labels for age, gender, skin tone, and other attributes. The dataset can also be used to train new and existing models that are less biased. Meta has released the FACET dataset under an open-source license, so it can be freely used by researchers and developers. The dataset is available on the Meta AI Research website. According to Meta, this dataset will help researchers to develop more fair and transparent AI and computer models, which will benefit everyone.

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