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Germany gives investigators more tools against child porn

Jan. 17, 2020 5:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation that will allow investigators to use computer-generated child pornography to gain access to suspect internet portals. The Justice Ministry said that investigators will need a court's approval to use the technique and will only be allowed to...

FILE - This Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 file photo shows the logo of the Israeli NSO Group company on a building where they had offices in Herzliya, Israel. An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. (AP Photo/Daniella Cheslow, File)

Rights group demands Israel rein in murky spyware company

Jan. 16, 2020 8:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. The case, brought by Amnesty International, calls for...

State police union agrees to GPS tracking with new contract

Jan. 15, 2020 7:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts State Police union agreed to adopt GPS technology that tracks police cruisers in exchange for modest pay raises in the latest contract agreement with the state, according to officials from both sides of the negotiations. The State Police Association of Massachusetts, which...

State House votes to stop drivers' use of hand-held phones

Jan. 15, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided Pennsylvania House voted Wednesday to ban the use of hand-held phones for all drivers to make calls, although police would not be allowed to stop motorists for that reason alone. Representatives voted 120-74 for the proposal that would expand current law, which bans any...

This Jan. 9, 2020 photo shows Bonnie Raffaele of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with a photo of her late daughter, Kelsey, 17, who died while using her cellphone while driving in 2010. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed in 2019. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Whitmer, advocates seek hand-held phones ban while driving

Jan. 11, 2020 11:50 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and safety advocates want to combat distracted driving by restricting the use of cellphones, though pending legislation does not go as far as what she proposed nearly a year ago. The bill would prohibit motorists under 18 from using a phone while operating a...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal officer of Google, addresses the 62nd World Newspaper Congress in Hyderabad, India. Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

Google legal chief leaving amid sexual misconduct troubles

Jan. 10, 2020 2:51 PM EST

David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent company Alphabet, is leaving at the end of the month, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees. Alphabet did not give a reason for Drummond's departure in a short regulatory filing Friday. The company said in November that its board was...

An Indian paramilitary soldier guards as a convoy of New Delhi-based diplomats passes through Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Envoys from 15 countries including the United States are visiting Indian-controlled Kashmir starting Thursday for two days, the first by New Delhi-based diplomats since India stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status and imposed a harsh crackdown in early August. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

India's top court orders review of all curbs in Kashmir

Jan. 10, 2020 5:42 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Friday ordered the government to review all restrictions, including the suspension of internet service, in Indian-controlled Kashmir within a week, saying the measures amounted to abuse of power. Defense attorney Vrinda Grover said the Supreme Court also...

Bill proposes under-21 cellphone ban to highlight gun limits

Jan. 9, 2020 4:06 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont lawmaker has proposed a bill that would bar anyone under 21 from using or owning a cellphone — a move meant to draw attention to restrictions on guns. The bill, introduced by Democratic Sen. John Rodgers, states that the Legislature has concluded those under 21...

Distracted-driving bill eyes cell use by Idaho motorists

Jan. 8, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation prohibiting local Idaho governments from passing laws restricting cellphone use by motorists but also expanding the state's distracted driving law to cover such activities. The House Transportation and Defense Committee voted unanimously to...

US restricts exports of AI for analyzing satellite images

Jan. 5, 2020 5:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. technology companies that build artificial intelligence software for analyzing satellite imagery will face new restrictions on exporting their products to China and elsewhere. The Commerce Department said new export rules take effect Monday that target emerging technology that could...