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but, together, we got this. kaiser permanente. thrive i'm raj mathai. next on nbc bay area news tonight, facebook responding to public pressure and getting rid of its facial recognition software in its program and is vowing to delete all that data it cleblgtcollected on you. so what changes will we see? the covid vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds was approved by the cdc. we've learned new information about when the vaccines will be rolled out here in the bay area. how about this, the warriors have a new pint-sized ball boy. you will recognize his name. good evening. this is nbc bay area news tonight. new details of a twisted
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halloween weekend murder. a possible love triangle involving a 19-year-old girl. the suspects, a brother and sister from the east bay, and a member of the u.s. air force. and on a much lighter note here, the best video of the night, that warriors ball boy. you will recognize him and his dad. let's start with facebook. it sure looks like some damage control coming from headquarters. facebook announced it's getting rid of its facial recognition program. if you're a user, it's the feature that tags people in your photos and video without you telling facebook who they are. it just automatically tags them. facebook already knows who they are. this feature can alert you if someone else has uploaded a picture or video of you, even though they haven't tagged you. facebook was able to recognize you because it created more than a billion facial templates. this came from a facial recognition company in israel that facebook bought in 2012 for
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about $60 million. facebook is now saying it will no longer use this facial recognition system. so why now? facebook releasing a blog explaining the changes, the vp of artificial intelligence writes -- so bottom line, facebook is suddenly listening to the global community concerned about privacy issues. privacy issues were a concern last year and a concern the year before. but now facebook is actually doing something about it. facebook is under scrutiny as you know, after thousands of internal documents were leaked just last month by a whistleblower who happened to be a former facebook employee. joining us tonight, nathan sheer, an organizing director
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with the electronic frontier foundation who has been tracking the issues that can arise with facial recognition software. and scott budman is with us. scott, let me start with you. i go on facebook right now, and what will i be able to do or what won't i be able to do based on today's decision? >> without facial recognition, you won't be tagged and you won't be able to find out people you were with will be tagged. it's an identifying thing that facebook has used. it wants to bring people together to be known by other people, or other people you were with maybe at a party. you can tag them, too. you can also find out who else was at the party, whether they want you to or not. >> nathan, facebook finally listening to the public. does this mean anything what they just announced? >> i think it does, and it's great that the public sentiment -- the public has spoken loudly enough that facebook recognizes that.
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and not only are they going to stop using the technology the way they have been, but delete the face prints that are connected to over a billion people throughout the world. that is huge. the best way to make sure that information doesn't fall into the wrong hands is to not retain it. so the fact that they're deleting over a billion face prints, that's good globally. >> i want to play a clip facebook put out several years ago about facial recognition. >> today's facial recognition technology is being used more and more. it can help you securely log into an app or organize photos. it's even being used to find missing and kidnapped children, investigate voter fraud and help customs officials confirm whether travelers have authentic passports. >> very rosy, very colorful. that section of the video lists the ways the technology can be helpful.
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nathan, is there a positive side to this? >> well, you know, there's always going to be, you know, arguments that we hear that it's going to be used to save the children. but really what we have seen in actual practice is that far more often it's being used for much smaller incidents, especially government use of the technology which has many -- has its own wealth of concerns. but we've seen with the use of facial recognition technology by government, we see we're already -- three black men have already been misidentified and accused of crimes they didn't commit. we know any time there's engagement with law enforcement, there is the potential for violence there. so we have to look at the whole picture. we have seen already that more than a dozen cities around the country, including here in san francisco, as well as oakland and berkeley, have decided that government use of technology and the impacts of our freedoms, the balance has to work out and they
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have chosen to ban the use of the government technology. >> the facial recognition will stay with you, nathan. this is a big way to make money to give our data away, correct? >> we know data collection, advertisers, the monetizing of our personal information, as well as our biometric information in the case of facial recognition technology is certainly a concern. so illinois has taken -- already taken steps to make sure there's not unconsented collection of biometric information. there's been federal legislation put forward to replicate that on the federal level. i know the eu and new zealand are looking at similar ways to do that. but back to your question, yes, the montization of our information is a concern, and we want to make sure the power is in the hands of the people.
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>> scott, we're not just talking facebook here. obviously that's the easy target, especially in this climate. but other companies are doing the same thing. when are we going to get pressure on those companies or is there already? >> there's some pressure, and there is a very quick line between hey, let's tag each other at a party and companies or even law enforcement using this technology. tiktok uses it. they've been sued by people because they use facial recognition technology. amazon uses it with the ring doorbells. it's all over the place. we turn on our phones by looking at them. facial recognition technology right there. the only way that this slows down is if two things happen. one, facebook comes up with a better way to collect our data and other companies say hey, let's do that. after all, facebook is a big, successful company. and the other way is that if public sentiment drowns out the benefit of facial recognition technology, which i think is largely what happened at
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facebook, the other companies may say hey, this is a pr move, but a good pr move. let's do that, too. >> nathan, pr, stay on that. facebook now listening to the public. is that surprising to you or is this now what they must do to stay relevant and successful? >> i think they wouldn't have taken this action if they didn't believe it was the appropriate action. they were feeling the voices of their users, asking them for that privacy. this is not the first time. we have seen where microsoft and amazon made the decision not to sell their facial recognition technology to law enforcement. so we have seen through legislation as well as consumer pressure the -- it's really clear that folks are chiming in and making it known that their collection of biometric data is not what they're asking for. >> scott, you've been covering facebook since day one. are they receiving you, the media, the reporters any different or are they more
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willing to listen to our requests? >> a little bit. the last few weeks have been crazy for covering facebook, and i imagine working at facebook, culminating in a giant name change, not to mention the big decision today. i've been back and forth with the company. they seem to want to engage a little bit more, and they really should, because there's a lot of pressure on them right now. and it's being felt, as nathan said, and voiced loudly by their users. >> thank you, gentleman, nathan and scott, on our program tonight. our question of the day, what do you think of facebook ending its face recognition program? it's on our facebook, instagram and twitter page.
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>> let's move on now. the other big story tonight. it is a go, covid vaccines for kids, ages 5 to 11. you parents out there, listen up. because this is all about you. you're going to take your kids in. less than two hours ago, the cdc director signed off on pfizer's covid shots for kids. the shot is a smaller dose than the version approved for anyone 12 and older. some of the trials were conducted right here in the bay area at stanford. two things now that are standing in the way before we get the final shots out. one, the official go ahead from the california department of health. that could come tonight. and two, supply. do we have the doses? santa clara county tells us staff could give out shots as soon as tomorrow. they're already making changes at the mass vaccination site at the fair grounds, and giving the nurses special training in order to better handle giving the shots to children. >> we're all in this together.
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it's scary time with covid, but it's an exciting time. what a miracle this vaccine is. >> several schools are planning on campus vaccine clinics that could start as soon as thursday. what about the rest of the bay area? we reached out to every other health department for their time lines on administering the shots for 5 to 11-year-olds. here's what we found. san francisco says it expects to start the rollout on friday. contra costa, san mateo and sonoma are planning for this saturday. so we are here, folks. napa county says sometime next week. alameda and solano counties say they'll give out shots by mid november. these dates are good for county vaccination sites only. your pediatrician or hospital group may have a different timeline, so it's best to check with your health care provider if you want to go that route. bottom line, it's here for those younger kids as soon as this week. if you still have questions about the vaccine, we're here to
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help. check out our vaccine faq on and on our nbc bay area app. just click or atp faq covid vaccine for kids. we have new details with a military connection. it includes a possible love triangle as a possible motive. a fiery and deadly crash near the las vegas strip involving a star player for the raiders. while he will likely face charges and out for the season. and joe biden on his way home. but the climate summit in scotland is just beginning. a big point being made, we need to stop global warming from getting worse. so what happen it is we don't? we're looking at the impact we would see here in the bay area. you're watching nbc bay area news tonight.
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bossham in a fairfield home. >> it looks like it could be a love triangle situation, but it's still being investigated. >> it's a complicated case here. police say she was last seen early saturday morning in sacramento at a halloween party and left with two air force airmen. investigators say the murder happened in the home of travis air force base juan para peralta. bosham's body was found in a field near selinas. a roommate says juan and jessica were kated. police arrested juan but he's made bail. the next hearing is set for thursday. tonight, for just the second time in san francisco's history, a police officer is facing a homicide charge for an on-duty shooting. the charges relate to a confrontation and shooting involving kenneth cha and colin pitino in 2017. body cam footage showed them
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attempting to talk to 42-year-old shawn moore in his home. moore refused to talk, telling the officers to get off his property. moments later, things escalate and officer chu fires. while moore survived his injuries at the time, a coroner ruled the wounds contributed to his death when he died a few years later. the city settle issed with moore's family for $3 million. now the d.a. decided to file manslaughter and assault charges saying it's necessary to show that no one is above the law. >> all of the approximately 8,000 criminal cases i have filed are not about representing anything other than justice. we look at the facts and the law and do what's in the interest of justice. >> that's the d.a. the attorney representing the officer issued a statement in part saying --
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another story we're watching at this hour. criminal charges after deadly car crash involving a las vegas raider. one of the star players for the raiders. a woman was killed after her car was hit from behind by one of the team's rising stars. wide receiver henry rug gs has been charmed with dui resulting in death. police say he crashed his corvette into the woman's toyota rav4. rugs and his girlfriend were both hospitalized. if convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. i want to give you an idea of where this happened. this is the las vegas strip there on the right side of your screen, and right in the middle where the raiders play, the new
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stadium. the crash happened to the left side of the screen about five miles west in a residential neighborhood. the raiders releasing a statement that reads in part -- agreements were made and quoels were set at the climate change conference in scotland. joe biden is on board air force one heading back to washington, d.c. the climate summit, though, is far from over. it continues through next week. among today's big achievements, the leaders of more than 100 nations agreed to end deforesttation by 2030. that pledge addresses some 85% of the world's forests. >> setting ambitious targets is only half of the equation, as you all know. we also have to have concrete plans how we're going to meet those goals and decarbonize our economies, to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
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to start, state the obvious, we have to immediately scale up clean technologies that are already commercially available, and the cost competitive like wind and solar energy. >> he also unveiled the nation's strongest regulations ever to reduce methane emissions from oi drilling. one of the goals of the summit, we hear so much about this, jeff ranieri is with us now, is stopping our emissions so we can slow the global warming. what does that really mean? we talk so much about this, and sometimes it just comes at us. but what does it mean in layman's terms? >> there are so many different numbers being thrown around. you're read thing article or that article, and it gets confusing. so i wanted to start at the base of everything and what we have been dealing with. the global temperature has warmed 1 degree celsius since 1880.
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you change the global temperature just a little bit, and you're talking about drastic impacts to the ecosystems. 2/3 of that warming has happened since 1975. now, some other numbers that we have been hearing about is five degrees celsius. so with no emission cuts at all, if we keep things the way they are now, we can see things warm up five degrees celsius, which would be catastrophic on many different levels with the ecosystems, with the weather patterns. but they're getting stricter this year, at this climate summit. so they're trying to keep a target with significant emission cuts, trying to limit the warming to 1.5 degrees celsius. >> that's a big number to keep entirely. >> exactly that. is the target number. they don't want it to warm up any more than 1.5 degrees celsius. the range is 1.5 to 2 degrees. the most important thing is we don't want it to warm above 2 degrees celsius. that's where things start to
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ramp up even more. >> if we're here, we're talking five, ten years, we go above two degrees, what are some of the things we'll feel in the bay area? >> we could see more sea level rise, more wildfires. and you could see on this map here some of the most warming we would get would be over the midwest. we could go up 5 to 6 degrees celsius. across the west, it could be around four or five. most of the u.s., if we made those emission cuts, we would be around 1.5 to 2 degrees celsius. check out this map here, you can see across the west, increased temperature, extreme precipitation, more drought, more sea level rise, more wildfires. the most important thing for everybody to remember is if you can cut your carbon foot print, everybody can do their part. we can make a difference. i don't want that message to get lost. but here's the other thing, you mentioned this yesterday. china and russia didn't even attend, and some of the top world polluters. everybody has to get on the
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table on us, not just us. >> it's interesting, because we keep talking about this is all down the road, but the road is here. we can make an impact now. >> we have to do our part. >> thank you, jeff. back in a moment. stay with us. wanna help kids get their homework done? well, an internet connection's a good start.
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wha — wait, wait, is that a... baby on the field?? it looks like it, craig. and the defensive linemen are playing peek-a-boo. i've never seen anything like that before. harris now appears to be burping the baby. that's a great moment right there. the ref going to the rule book here. what, wait a minute! harris is off to the races! we don't need any more trick plays. touchdown!! but we could all use more ways to save. are you kidding me?? it's going to be a long bus ride home for the defense. switch to geico for more ways to save. welcome back to nbc bay area news. tonight may be the cutest video of the day. that's dray, jr. the new ball boy feeding the
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ball to draymond green. >> he's got a good handle on the ball, it's almost as big as he is. >> okay. when is the rain coming in? >> tomorrow night, we have this system moving in, bringing back more rain chances for us. let's start it off with tomorrow morning, and we're going to be in the 50s here with a little bit of mix of some clouds and sunshine to start. as we roll through the day, we have some mild 70s here across the east bay and south bay. 60s there for the north bay and the coast. so as we move through tomorrow, sunshine through the day. by 9:30 and 10:00 at night tomorrow night, the rain returns to the north bay. trace amounts to a quarter inch across the bay area. we'll dry out friday, saturday, and sunday. and the heavier rain comes next monday and tuesday with a quarter to one inch. two more chances of rain coming our way, just what we need to
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say. >> love to hear it. that's going to do it for us. for everyone here at nbc bay area news, thanks for joining us. hope to see you back here at 11:00.
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