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Two U.S. senators seek ban on collecting customer biometric data without consent

FILE PHOTO: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) speaks to reporters following leaving the Senate floor after delivering a 15 hour speech against Judge Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to prohibit private companies from collecting biometric data without consumers and employees’ consent.

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon said this week he is introducing the reform measure along with independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The effort comes after growing concerns about biometric data collection among private companies, including the use of facial-recognition technology.

The senators cited a recent Reuters investigation into Rite Aid’s facial-recognition program among other reports causing alarm about the technology’s use.

“We have to fight against a ‘big brother’ surveillance state that eradicates our privacy and our control of our own information, be it a threat from the government or from

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Trump says will ban TikTok amid pressure on Chinese owner to sell

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok in the United States, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app’s Chinese owner to sell it.

FILE PHOTO: TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The move would be the culmination of U.S. national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles. It would represent a major blow for TikTok’s owner, Beijing-based ByteDance, which became one of only a handful of truly global Chinese conglomerates thanks to app’s commercial success.

Trump’s announcement followed frantic negotiations on Friday between the White House, ByteDance and potential buyers of TikTok, including Microsoft Corp. They failed to produce a deal that would result in the Chinese company shedding the

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Exclusive: Portugal telcos won’t use Huawei for core 5G networks though no government ban

LISBON (Reuters) – The three companies who dominate Portugal’s mobile phone market said they would not use Huawei [HWT.UL] technology in their core 5G networks despite the government not banning the Chinese group from supplying critical infrastructure.

A woman wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak uses a mobile phone outside a Huawei store with a 5G sign in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

NOS (NOS.LS), Vodafone (VOD.L) and Altice (ATCA.AS) – which together serve nearly 100% of Portugal’s mobile customers – all said they had decided not to use Huawei kit in the core systems of their 5G networks, which covers servers, gateways and routers that forward traffic to the antennas.

The question of whether or not to use Huawei for next-generation mobile networks has become a major issue in Europe amid intense diplomatic pressure from the United

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Exclusive: Portugal telcos won’t use Huawei for 5G networks though no government ban

FILE PHOTO: A view shows a Huawei logo at Huawei Technologies France headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, France, July 15, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

LISBON (Reuters) – NOS, Altice and Vodafone, which dominate Portugal’s market, said they will not use Huawei’s technology in their 5G core networks despite the government not banning the Chinese giant from the critical infrastructure.

A NOS (NOS.LS) spokeswoman said the company “will not have Huawei equipment in its core network” and will choose the “best partners” for each of the network’s components.

A Vodafone Portugal spokeswoman said the company will not use it, either.

Altice Portugal (ATCA.AS) CEO Alexandre Fonseca said the same in March. The company said this remained their position.

Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos confirmed to Reuters that he “heard Huawei would be left out” but added: “It has nothing to do with the options or impositions of

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