Report: Jobs requiring COVID vaccine almost double since July

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Is Apple going to scan your photos?

Apple has announced that it will begin scanning photos for CSAM content on its devices that are stored in iCloud Photos. ... The hashes of your photos will be compared with the hashes of known CSAM images in a database. The Dallas Morning NewsYes, Apple will be examining photos on your iPhone. A look at some new features on the way

A sign stating “proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required” is displayed outside of Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2021. (PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

Recent reports have showed the number of jobs requiring fully vaccinated applicants has almost doubled in the past month and a half. As the Delta variant has continued to contribute to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the number of jobs requiring potential workers to have the vaccine has increased.

The hiring lab on the job finding website, Indeed, showed the number of jobs now requiring their employees to be vaccinated about doubled since July. Additionally, jobs stating vaccines are necessary rose by 90 percent since last Saturday.

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby also just mandated that all employees get vaccinated. “For us, it’s a safety issue and we don’t compromise on safety at United Airlines,” said Kirby.

However, employees have been speaking out, including health care workers, who have cited multiple factors in not getting the shot. These include, not being able to afford to take days off from possible side effects and questions regarding the speed of the COVID vaccine’s development, among others.

This comes after Joe Biden announced federal employees must get vaccinated or face consistent COVID-19 tests. The Biden administration also said contractors working with the federal government should also mandate their workers get inoculated.

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Apple exec defends the company's much-criticized plan to scan iPhones for child abuse images, saying the feature has been misunderstood

Business Insider 14 August, 2021 - 12:00am

"We wish that this had come out a little more clearly for everyone, because we feel very positive and strongly about what we're doing, and we can see that it's been widely misunderstood," Federighi said in a video interview with The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern published on Friday. 

Apple earlier this month announced a feature that would create digital hashes of images as they're uploaded from iPhones to iCloud accounts. Those hashes would be compared to databases of known child sexual abuse material held by anti-abuse organizations, Apple said.

"Before an image is stored in iCloud Photos, an on-device matching process is performed for that image against the known CSAM hashes," the summary said.

Critics of the plan said it was a misstep for a company that's long made privacy a selling point. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) last Thursday called the hashing-and-matching update a privacy "backdoor," which could be expanded or exploited. Some Apple employees were worried the feature could be exploited by governments, Reuters reported. 

"I think in no way is this a backdoor," Federighi said in the Journal interview. "I don't understand — I really don't understand that characterization." 

The CSAM feature was one of two photo-scanning updates the company announced. The other would scan children's incoming iMessage photos for nudity, alerting parents when children under 12 years old viewed pornographic content. 

"I do believe the sound-bite that got out early was, 'Oh my god, Apple is scanning my phone for images.' This is not what is happening," Federighi told the Journal via video. "This is about images stored in the cloud." 

Eva Galperin, EFF's director of cybersecurity, said via Twitter that the rollout had not been misunderstood by privacy experts. 

"I'd like to take this moment to make it clear to poor Craig that no, I don't misunderstand Apple's plans to check photos in iCloud against NCMEC's database of CSAM," Galperin said.

"It's well-meaning but it's also creating a mechanism that Apple will be forced to use for other things," she added.

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