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Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant's latest foray into the health industry. Announcement of its arrangement with the Catholic health care system Ascension...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but some are concerned about privacy and protecting patients'...

California discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

Nov. 6, 2019 5:58 PM EST

California's attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook's privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was...

Facebook agrees to pay fine in Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct. 30, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has agreed to pay a 500,000-pound ($643,000) fine in a privacy case stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, agreeing to accept the fine without admitting any liability. Britain's Information Commissioner Office had leveled the fine after concluding Facebook processed the...

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Oct. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy "even if it goes against our standards." But while he promoted free expression, limitations were place on coverage of his remarks at Georgetown University....

Indiana hospital system notifying patients after data breach

Oct. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana hospital system is warning more than 68,000 patients that their personal information, including Social Security numbers and health records, may have been exposed during a data breach. Methodist Hospitals has been mailing letters to patients detailing the...

Google touts privacy options, but still depends on your data

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's latest phone and smart-home devices came packaged with a not-so-subtle message: Google cares about your privacy. Does it? The tech company has had a complicated relationship with user information in the past. Google's latest steps offer consumers some additional protections,...

Facebook's Libra currency battered by defections, pushback

Oct. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week, PayPal became...

California outlines ways to comply with upcoming privacy law

Oct. 10, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Companies must notify California residents of their data privacy rights in plain language and must verify people's identities before releasing data, state officials proposed Thursday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced draft regulations that also spell out ways people can ask for their personal...