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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...

From left, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm, Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, Attorney General William Barr, Assistant Attorney General John Demers, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung

Equifax hack highlights China interest in U.S. personal data

Feb. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In 2014, the Obama administration accused five Chinese military agents of targeting Pittsburgh-area industrial companies including Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa and U.S. Steel. Since then, the number of companies allegedly targeted by Chinese hackers has only grown. Chinese President Xi...

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington, as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm looks on.  Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks in history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US says Chinese military stole masses of Americans' data

Feb. 10, 2020 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of the largest hacks...

FILE- This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among the billions of Facebook users who use the site to keep up with friends. And like millions of others, the three men shared their own photographs and were

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal

Feb. 9, 2020 10:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology. It was their Illinois addresses, though,...