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May 15, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: TIKTOK PRIVACY CONCERNS

UNDATED (AP) — It’s popular with kids and young adults. But privacy watchdogs are sounding a warning about TikTok. A coalition of privacy groups says the video app violates laws aimed at shielding children’s privacy — and puts kids at risk because of that. The coalition says TikTok collects personal data from kids under 13 without parental consent. The site is owned by a company based in China — and has already drawn scrutiny from U.S. officials because of those ties — and because of potential national security risks.

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON TO MAKE AND SELL PPE

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UNDATED (AP) — Amazon is getting into making its own brand of personal protection equipment. The online retail giant says it will begin manufacturing and selling plastic face shields. The gear will be designed by engineers now involved with the company’s drone program. Amazon says it soon will begin cranking out hundreds of thousands of face shields. The company has already donated 10,000 of those shields to nurses and doctors to prevent them from the coronavirus.

ON THE WEB: CDC HEALTH GUIDELINES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Want to know what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says organizations do before reopening from coronavirus shutdowns? You can find out online. The CDC website has posted what it calls “decision tool” documents to spell out the drill. The information can help schools, workplaces, camps, childcare centers, mass transit systems, and bars and restaurants decide when — and how — to reopen.

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Online:

CDC Guidance site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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