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Liz Weston: Companies’ deceptive ‘dark patterns’ online cost you money — here’s how to fight back

Nov. 27, 2023 08:43 AM EST

See if any of this sounds familiar: ● You can’t find an easy way to cancel an unwanted subscription, so you let it continue for another month — telling yourself you’ll try again later. ● You feel rushed into an online purchase you regret, but there’s no...

After trying to buck trend, newspaper founded with Ralph Nader's help succumbs to financial woes

Nov. 20, 2023 12:09 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After trying to buck a national trend of media closures and downsizing, a small Connecticut newspaper founded earlier this year with Ralph Nader's help has succumbed to financial problems and will be shutting down. An oversight board voted Monday to close the...

Biden wants to move fast on AI safeguards and signs an executive order to address his concerns

Oct. 30, 2023 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday signed an ambitious executive order on artificial intelligence that seeks to balance the needs of cutting-edge technology companies with national security and consumer rights, creating an early set of guardrails that could be fortified by...

New Mexico's largest utility to return $115 million to customers who paid after coal plant closed

Sep. 22, 2023 19:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico utility regulators have again approved a settlement calling for monthly credits averaging about $9.28 per customer from the state's largest electricity utility over the course of a year. The agreement announced Thursday by the state Public...

Imagine making shadowy data brokers erase your personal info. Californians may soon live the dream

Sep. 14, 2023 23:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — You may not know it, but thousands of often shadowy companies routinely traffic in personal data you probably never agreed to share — everything from your real-time location information to private financial details. Even if you could identify these data brokers, there isn't...

Carmakers are failing the privacy test. Owners have little or no control over data collected

Sep. 06, 2023 18:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Most major car manufacturers admit they may be selling your personal information — though they are vague on the buyers, a new study finds, and half say they would share it with the government or law enforcement without a court order. The proliferation of sensors in...