Latest Data privacy News

Lawsuit: California utility targeted Asians in pot searches

Sep. 22, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Extraordinary use of electricity has long been a telltale sign of illegal grow houses producing thousands of marijuana plants hidden in seemingly ordinary homes. But a lawsuit filed by a data privacy watchdog says a Northern California utility went too far...

Correction: Uber-Cybersecurity story

Sep. 17, 2022 10:56 AM EDT
In a story published September 16, 2022, about a major data breach at Uber, The Associated Press erroneously spelled a researcher’s first name. The researcher is Corben Leo, not Corbin.

California 1st with law protecting children's online privacy

Sep. 15, 2022 19:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids' safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in ways that could harm children physically or mentally, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday. ...

Internet service providers drop challenge of privacy law

Sep. 06, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the strictest internet privacy laws in the United States has withstood a legal challenge, as a group of telecommunication providers has dropped its bid to overturn the Maine standard. Maine created one of the toughest rules in the nation for internet...

Irish watchdog fines Instagram 405M euros in teen data case

Sep. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Irish regulators are slapping Instagram with a big fine after an investigation found the social media platform mishandled teenagers' personal information in violation of strict European Union data privacy rules. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said by email...

KeyBank: Hackers of third-party provider stole customer data

Sep. 03, 2022 12:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hackers stole personal data including Social Security numbers, addresses and account numbers of home mortgage holders at KeyBank, the bank reports, in the breach of a third-party vendor that serves multiple corporate clients. The hackers obtained the information on...

Marcos flying to Indonesia, Singapore on first foreign trip

Sep. 02, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will travel to Indonesia and Singapore on his first overseas trip since taking office in June to strengthen security ties and discuss problems confronting the region, including strife in Myanmar, officials said Friday. ...

FTC accuses data broker of selling sensitive location data

Aug. 29, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have sued a data broker they accuse of selling sensitive geolocation data from millions of mobile devices, information that can be used to identify people and track their movements to and from sensitive locations, including reproductive health clinics,...

Congress wants to hear what Twitter whistleblower has to say

Aug. 25, 2022 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers are anxious to hear from Twitter’s former security chief, who has alarmed Washington with allegations that the influential social network misled regulators about its cyber defenses and efforts to control fake accounts. Leaders of several...

Cosmetics giant Sephora settles customer data privacy suit

Aug. 24, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sephora Inc., one of the world’s largest cosmetics retailers, has settled a lawsuit claiming that the company sold customer information without proper notice in violation of the California’s landmark consumer privacy law, state Attorney General Rob Bonta said...