Latest Data privacy News

FTC looking at rules to corral tech firms' data collection

Aug. 11, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it's the fitness tracker on your wrist, the “smart” home appliances in your house or the latest kids’ fad going viral in online videos, they all produce a trove of personal data for big tech companies. How that data is being used and protected has...

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world

Aug. 10, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

The case of a Nebraska woman charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy after investigators obtained Facebook messages between the two has raised fresh concerns about data privacy in the post-Roe world. Since before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in...

Democrats widen scrutiny of tech over abortion data privacy

Jul. 22, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic representatives are widening their scrutiny into the role of tech companies in collecting the personal data of people who may be seeking an abortion, as lawmakers, regulators and the Biden administration grapple with the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling last...

China's Didi Global fined $1.2 billion for data violations

Jul. 21, 2022 03:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s internet watchdog on Thursday fined ride-hailing firm Didi Global more than 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) following an investigation into the company’s cybersecurity practices. The probe found Didi violated China’s network security law, data security...

Impassioned Biden signs order on abortion access

Jul. 08, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the “extreme” Supreme Court majority that ended a constitutional right to abortion and delivered an impassioned plea for Americans upset by the decision to “vote, vote, vote vote” in November. Under mounting pressure from fellow...

Crypto rules to make Europe a global leader as prices plunge

Jun. 30, 2022 18:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe has moved to lead the world in regulating the freewheeling cryptocurrency industry at a time when prices have plunged, wiping out fortunes, fueling skepticism and sparking calls for tighter scrutiny. European Union negotiators hammered out the final details...

EXPLAINER: Data privacy concerns emerge after Roe decision

Jun. 29, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that collect personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data...

After Roe, Dems seek probe of tech's use of personal data

Jun. 24, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Supreme Court ending the constitutional protections for abortion, four Democratic lawmakers are asking federal regulators to investigate Apple and Google for allegedly deceiving millions of mobile phone users by enabling the collection and sale of their personal data to...

Cyprus helps bust illicit sale of private data on Americans

Jun. 09, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police have seized servers that were used to sell social security numbers and other personal information stolen from 24 million U.S. citizens, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Police Cybercrime Department Chief Andreas Anastasiades told the...

FTC Chair Khan plans key work on kids' data privacy online

Jun. 09, 2022 06:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Trade Commission says the agency is pushing a robust agenda of actions and policies to help safeguard children's privacy online. The ongoing work will include toughened enforcement of a long-standing law governing kids’ online privacy and...