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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, second from left, address reporters at the Justice Department in Washington to announce results of an investigation of the shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. An an image of an iPhone is displayed at left. The Justice Department has placed a high national-security priority on its probe of the incident, insisting that investigators must get access to data from two locked and encrypted iPhones that belonged to the alleged gunman, a Saudi aviation student. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP Explains: The Justice Department's new quarrel with Apple

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly shooting of three U.S. sailors at a Navy installation in December could reignite a long-simmering fight between the federal government and tech companies over data privacy and encryption. As part of its probe into the violent incident, deemed a terrorist act by the government,...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo, employees of the Fulton County Election Preparation Center in Atlanta test electronic voting machines. A computer security expert says he found that an election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs of tampering. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem discovered in August 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz, File)

Expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering

Jan. 16, 2020 6:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo a microphone stands at the entrance to a secure area during a closed-door interview with David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations' use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Labor Department limits news outlets' use of embargoed data

Jan. 16, 2020 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department will begin restricting news organizations' use of economic data by barring computers from the rooms where reporters receive such data before its public release, department officials announced Thursday. The early access to embargoed data allows news services to prepare...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

EU legal opinion: mass data retention at odds with EU law

Jan. 15, 2020 8:24 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the European Union’s highest court said Wednesday that the bloc's data protection rules should prevent member states from indiscriminately holding personal data seized from Internet and phone companies, even when intelligence agencies claim that national security...

Members of the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force operated by the Sudanese government, block roads in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A Sudanese official said Tuesday that security forces have contained an armed protest from within the security apparatus, amid reports of unrest. (AP Photo)

Sudan declares end to mutiny from within security forces

Jan. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s main intelligence agency said late Tuesday it has succeeded in quelling an armed mutiny over severance pay from within its ranks. Sudan’s General Intelligence Service said the rebellious former members of its forces had been convinced “through negotiations”...

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Iranian police officers take position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. Online videos purported to show Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests

Jan. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy, as online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, filer photo, a man uses his smartphone as he stands near a billboard for Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing. British and American officials are meeting as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government prepares to decide on whether there's a future for Chinese equipment maker Huawei in the country's next-generation telecom networks, his spokesman said Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US, UK officials meet as PM Johnson's Huawei decision nears

Jan. 13, 2020 11:47 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British and American officials are meeting as U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government prepares to decide on whether there's a future for Chinese equipment maker Huawei in the country's next-generation telecom networks, his spokesman said Monday. U.S. officials responsible for national...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. The FBI said Friday it was taking steps to improve the accuracy and completeness of its wiretap applications for national security investigations and to provide better training for agents. The changes were described in a 30-page filing with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FBI tightening up wiretap protocols after watchdog report

Jan. 10, 2020 8:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI laid out new protocols Friday for how it conducts electronic surveillance in national security cases, responding to a Justice Department inspector general report that harshly criticized the bureau's handling of the Russia investigation. The changes, detailed in a 30-page filing...

Christmas ransomware attack hit New York airport servers

Jan. 10, 2020 11:48 AM EST

COLONIE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said. Officials at the Albany County Airport Authority announced Thursday that the attack came to light after Schenectady-based LogicalNet reported its own management...

FILE - In this April 23, 2019 file photo, immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington. The Department of Homeland Security is agreeing to share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau. The agreement was made in response to President Donald Trump's order to collect data on who is a citizen through administrative records following the Supreme Court's rejection of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Homeland Security will share citizenship data with Census

Jan. 6, 2020 5:42 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is agreeing to share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of President Donald Trump's order to collect data on who is a citizen following the Supreme Court's rejection of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form. Trump's...