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FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.  Any EU country's privacy watchdog can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of the bloc's strict privacy rules, an adviser to the European Union's top court said Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

EU court opinion leaves Facebook more exposed over privacy

Jan. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Any EU country can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of data privacy rules, not just the main regulator in charge of the company, a top court adviser said Wednesday. The preliminary opinion is part of a long-running legal battle between Facebook...

Turkish watchdog probes Facebook, WhatsApp over data sharing

Jan. 11, 2021 1:42 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s competition watchdog on Monday launched an investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp over the messaging application’s changes to its data-sharing rules. The Competition Board also said in a statement that it has ordered a suspension of WhatsApp’s new data...

WA Notify app is alerting users of virus exposures

Jan. 1, 2021 8:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — About 1.6 million people have activated or downloaded the WA Notify smartphone app created to notify people if they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the state Department of Health said this week. The app is sending notifications to people who may have been exposed, but the state...

Huntsville schools still recovering from cyberattack

Dec. 22, 2020 8:44 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama's largest school systems said it is still recovering from a November cyberattack that might have exposed some information about workers and students. City school officials in Huntsville told news outlets Monday that it hasn't paid a ransom following the computer...

TennCare: Health info of up to 3300 people mailed elsewhere

Dec. 22, 2020 4:32 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Medicaid program says health information of up to 3,300 patients were mailed to incorrect addresses. On Monday, TennCare officials said they, Gainwell Technologies LLC and Axis Direct Inc. have notified beneficiaries that the privacy issue may have impacted their...

South Carolina city plans to expand traffic camera program

Dec. 21, 2020 12:21 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A city in South Carolina plans to expand its use of cameras that scan license plate numbers, with officials saying the information is used to track criminal activity. Greenville has been using 11 cameras at undisclosed locations since January, producing nearly 200 cases that led to...

FILE - This combo of file photos shows the Apple and Facebook logos. Facebook is again pushing back on new Apple privacy rules for its mobile devices, this time saying the social media giant is standing up for small businesses in full page newspaper ads. In ads that ran in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other national newspapers, Facebook said Apple's new rules “limit businesses ability to run personalized ads and reach their customers effectively.

Facebook criticizes Apple privacy policy in newspaper ads

Dec. 16, 2020 7:52 PM EST

Facebook is again pushing back on new Apple privacy rules for its mobile devices, this time saying in full page newspaper ads that the social media giant is standing up for small businesses. In ads that ran in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other national newspapers Wednesday, Facebook said...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Social media and other internet companies face big fines in Britain if they don't limit the amount of harmful material such as child sexual abuse or terrorist content on their platforms, officials said Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

EU, Britain to toughen rules, fines for tech giants

Dec. 15, 2020 1:17 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Big tech companies face hefty fines in the European Union and Britain if they treat rivals unfairly or fail to protect users on their platforms, in proposed regulations unveiled Tuesday by officials in Brussels and London. The EU outlined the long-awaited, sweeping overhaul of its digital...

FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo shows the icon for TikTok in New York. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. In action announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. (AP Photo/File)

Agency homing in on social media companies' data collection

Dec. 14, 2020 8:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. The Federal Trade...

Google, Amazon fined $163 million by French privacy watchdog

Dec. 10, 2020 9:56 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s data privacy watchdog said Thursday it has fined Google 100 millions euros ($121 million) and Amazon 35 million euros ($42 million) for breaching the country’s rules on advertising cookies. The CNIL said in a statement that the French websites of both companies did not...