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Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Technology
Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.The move is likely to be controversial.The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent."Biometric identifica...
Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Finance
ALMOST all Canada’s oil and gas is landlocked, so getting it to market requires pipelines—lots of them. But building them requires skills more suited to circus artists than engineers. They must walk the financial high wire, jump through ever-changing regulatory hoops and juggle conflicting demands from environmental groups and numerous governments. The list of failures is long. It includes Northern Gateway, meant to bring Alberta crude to a port in northwestern British Columbia; Energy East, which would have linked Alberta to the Atlantic coast; Pacific Northwest, to bring gas to the west coast; and the legendary Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, first proposed in 1974 and dropped in 2017 by its last, exhausted promoter.Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and
Olympics women's hockey rivalry heats up between US, Canada

Olympics women's hockey rivalry heats up between US, Canada

World
Watch out world -- the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams have the Winter Olympics' most intense rivalry. With National Hockey League (NHL) players not taking part in the games in South Korea and a lot of rosters filled out with unfamiliar players, all eyes will turn to the ladies who are expected to meet in the gold medal game. The atmosphere was electric at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Thursday morning for a preliminary round contest as the two teams battled on the ice until the final horn. Canada held on for a 2-1 win. The play got physical, as expected considering the history of the two teams on the ice. The game ended with fans of both teams holding their breath at the scrum in front of the net, with the U.S. players desperately trying to put one past Canadian goalie Geneviève L
Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship stuck in Canada

Navy's newest Littoral Combat Ship stuck in Canada

Business
Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The $ 440-million-dollar USS Little Rock, the Navy's newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, has been iced-in since Christmas Eve on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada -- and is not expected to get moving until spring.The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 16., with plans to travel to its home port at Mayport Naval Station in Florida the next day. The departure, however, was delayed three days by inclement weather on Lake Erie, according to Business Insider.The 389-foot-long vessel eventually left Buffalo on Dec. 20. and arrived in Montreal on Dec. 27, where it was supposed to stop briefly overnight before sailing onto Nova Scotia -- yet plans for Little Rock were undermined by unforgiving cold and ice.The original voyage to Florida will be post...
UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal

Science
The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of 20 countries committed to phasing out coal for energy production.Members including France, Finland and Mexico, say they will end the use of coal before 2030.Ministers hope to have 50 countries signed up by the time of the next major UN conference in Poland next year.However some important coal consuming nations, including China, the US and Germany have not joined the group. Reducing global coal use is a formidable challenge, as the fuel produces around 40% of the world's electricity at present. As a highly carbon intensive source, coal contributes significantly to the rising levels of CO2 emissions that scientists reported earlier this week.Researchers say that if the world is to curb dramatic temperature rises this century then coal use...