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About Tom Rule

A Vagabond Renaissance Man who is living proof that God has a sense of humor.

Tik Tok – MAJOR privacy issues

Privacy is a major concern with ALL social media, but especially so with Tik Tok. It is owned by a Chinese company [and thus the Chinese government has a hand in it], and they have changed their terms of use to allow their systems to collect biometric information from their users, including faceprints and voiceprints.

The first part of the new section explains that TikTok may collect information about the images and audio that are in users’ content, “such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content.”

While that may sound creepy, other social networks do object recognition on images you upload to power accessibility features (like describing what’s in an Instagram photo, for example), as well as for ad targeting purposes. Identifying where a person and the scenery is can help with AR effects, while converting spoken words to text helps with features like TikTok’s automatic captions.

The more concerning part of the new section references a plan to collect biometric data.

It states:

We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under US laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection.

The statement itself is vague, as it doesn’t specify whether it’s considering federal law, states laws, or both. It also doesn’t explain, as the other part did, why TikTok needs this data. It doesn’t define the terms “faceprints” or “voiceprints.” Nor does it explain how it would go about seeking the “required permissions” from users, or if it would look to either state or federal laws to guide that process of gaining consent.

This adds to the already voluminous amount of data we Social Media Users give up as a matter of course, every time we use the platforms, upload something, and click through those lengthy user Agreements.

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Keep Safe Online

Since it is Summer, now is the PERFECT time to learn about online safety. **IF** you have a Powerschool account at MDS, you can join an LMS “class” that has several modules you can go through.

None of this is meant to scare you – but it is always good to be prepared, to know when things look a little fishy. That can save a TON of headaches.

Students and parents with PowerSchool Learning accounts may enroll themselves by going to and entering the code


SENIORS:iPad Turnin Details


  • Components required:  iPad, Apple certified iPad block, cable, case/screen
  • iPad MUST have at least a 20% charge

If the charge is under 20%, you will step aside to complete this task during the turn in process.

  • Passcode must be ALL ZEROS. 

If this needs to be done, you will step aside to complete this task during the turn in process.

  • iPad is to be powered on, at the home screen

If the iPad is powered off,  you will step aside to complete this task during the turn in process.

  • Patience, Patience, Patience – plan for 10+ minutes – there is paperwork!
  • You **MUST** turn the iPad in yourself. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Turn in ONLY to Mrs. Andrews or Mr. Rule in the ARC.
  • –> YOU <– must turn in your own iPad.
    • not a friend
    • not a sibling
    • not a parent
    • not a relative
    • not a stranger
    • ONLY YOU



  • ALL exceptions must be coordinated with Mrs. Andrews

Come to the ARC.  The only individuals to check in senior iPads are Mrs. Andrews and Mr. Rule.  We are expecting the senior to come with his/her iPad – no siblings, no parents, no friends, just Seniors! (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Bottom line:  

By the end of the day on 4/22/21, all seniors have either turned in their iPad/components to an individual in the ARC – OR – there is an email to about the return date.