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Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Six counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million residents have issued shelter-in-place orders and Kelly says she's going to impose stricter rules for public gatherings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

Apr. 2, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But Kelly defended the state Department of Health and Environment's use of the data. She...

Judge clears way for New Mexico suit over kid privacy claims

Mar. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. district judge has rejected an effort to derail New Mexico's lawsuit against Twitter, Google and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children. The judge concluded in a ruling Tuesday that the court has jurisdiction over the case, clearing the way...

National Guard fully activated, tax deadline pushed to July

Mar. 20, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has been fully activated to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday. The order means about 1,000 troops will be available to staff call centers, deliver food or operate drive-by testing centers. Raimondo...

YouTube couple sentenced for stealing from government

Mar. 17, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida couple with a popular YouTube channel have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing Social Security and federal tax funds. Billy Altidor, 29, received two years, and Evanie Louis, 28, received one year and a day during a Monday hearing in Orlando federal court,...

A woman covers her face as she shops at a food market in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, March 15, 2020. ‏Israel has imposed a number of tough restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that schools, universities, restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He also encouraged people not to go to their workplaces unless absolutely necessary.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel takes step toward monitoring phones of virus patients

Mar. 15, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has long been known for its use of technology to track the movements of Palestinian militants. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to use similar technology to stop the movement of the coronavirus. Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Shin Bet security agency...

FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, is proposing about $200 million in fines combined for the four major U.S. phone companies for improperly disclosing customers' real-time location. Location data makes it possible to identify the whereabouts of nearly any phone in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

FCC proposes fines for phone companies that shared user data

Feb. 28, 2020 3:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators have proposed fining the four major U.S. phone companies more than $200 million combined for improperly disclosing customers' real-time location to other companies. The proposed fines by the Federal Communications Commission amounted to $91 million for T-Mobile, $57 million...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. New Mexico is suing Google over allegations that the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in U.S. District Court claiming that Google is using its education suite that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

Feb. 20, 2020 4:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque claims Google is using its education...

In this undated image provided by Facebook Stan Chudnovsky, the vice president of Messenger at Facebook, poses for a photo. Chudnovsky heads the messaging app that's used by more than 1.3 billion people each month and recently spoke to the AP about his work and views on privacy. (Facebook via AP)

Insider Q&A: Facebook VP of Messenger discusses privacy

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At Facebook, Stan Chudnovsky oversees the Messenger chat app that's used by well over 1 billion people each month. He's playing a key role in helping Facebook integrate that app with its other chat tools, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct. The massive project has already gotten pushback...

Security breach exposes county workers' personal information

Feb. 15, 2020 3:46 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A security breach has exposed the personal information of nearly 1,900 employees of a North Carolina county. Wake County said in a news release on Friday that a phishing attack on somebody who worked for the county’s former flexible benefit spending accounts administrator...

Washington Senate approves data privacy rules

Feb. 14, 2020 9:40 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate on Friday passed a data privacy measure that would give consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used. The measure, called the Washington Privacy Act, passed on a bipartisan 46-1 vote and now heads to the House for consideration....