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India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

Jun. 16, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has...

EU court leaves Facebook more exposed to privacy challenges

Jun. 15, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is subject to EU privacy challenges from watchdogs in any of the bloc's member states, not just its lead regulator in Ireland, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, in a ruling that has implications for other big tech companies. Under the EU's...

Leak of billionaires' tax data draws GOP outcry over privacy

Jun. 10, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are alarmed by the leak of confidential IRS data to the investigative news organization ProPublica, enabling it to reveal that famous billionaires including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg paid little in U.S. income tax at times. A...

FBI working with Des Moines college on data security breach

Jun. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The FBI is now working with the Des Moines Area Community College on a data security breach that has led to days of the school being shut down. The security incident closed the college on Friday and forced it to partially shut down its computer...

Illinois secretary of state warns against email, text scams

May. 30, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning state residents to be on the lookout for email and text scams claiming to be from his office. In some cases scammers copy website logos from his office to appear official and lure people into disclosing...

Census Bureau's use of 'synthetic data' worries researchers

May. 27, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — First came the “noise” — small errors the U.S. Census Bureau decided to introduce into the 2020 census data to protect participants' privacy. Now the bureau is looking into “synthetic data,” manipulating the numbers widely used for economic and demographic...

European privacy groups challenge facial scan firm Clearview

May. 27, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Privacy campaign groups filed legal complaints Thursday with European regulators against Clearview AI, alleging the facial recognition technology it provides to law enforcement agencies and businesses breaches stringent European Union privacy rules. Four...

WhatsApp denies it will drop privacy update for Turkey users

May. 21, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's competition watchdog said Friday it was told by WhatsApp that the chat app won't apply a controversial privacy update following an investigation, but the announcement was contradicted by the Facebook-owned app, which said it still plans to roll out the update...

China authorities name 105 apps for improper data practices

May. 21, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s internet watchdog said Friday it had found Bytedance’s Douyin, Microsoft Bing, LinkedIn and 102 other apps were engaged in improper collection and use of data and ordered them to fix the problem. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)...

Nevada lawmakers push data privacy rules for gov't websites

May. 14, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Following reports that Nevada’s vaccine information website planted more third-party cookies and ad trackers than any other state in the country, Republicans in the statehouse have introduced a bill to tighten the restrictions on how personal data can be collected...