Latest Data privacy News

Americans have little trust in online security: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 16, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Most Americans don’t believe their personal information is secure online and aren't satisfied with the federal government's efforts to protect it, according to a poll. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MeriTalk shows that 64%...

Ireland investigates TikTok over child, China data concerns

Sep. 15, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — TikTok is facing two EU data privacy investigations, one into its handling of children's personal data and another over its data transfers to China. Ireland's data privacy watchdog, which is TikTok's lead regulator in the European Union, said Tuesday ...

Irish watchdog fines WhatsApp $267M after EU privacy probe

Sep. 02, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ireland's privacy watchdog has fined WhatsApp a record 225 million euros ($267 million) after an investigation found it breached stringent European Union data protection rules on transparency about sharing people's data with other Facebook companies. The...

China orders ride-hailing firms to correct unfair tactics

Sep. 02, 2021 02:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators have ordered ride-hailing platforms to correct unfair market tactics amid a broad crackdown on the internet sector that has spooked investors and shaved billions off the valuations of some of China's biggest technology companies. The...

Chinese regulators to exercise more control over algorithms

Aug. 27, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators will exercise greater control over the algorithms used by Chinese technology firms to personalize and recommend content, the latest move in a regulation spree across the internet sector. China’s internet watchdog, the Cyberspace...

New Chinese law tightens control over company data on users

Aug. 20, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is tightening control over information gathered by companies about the public under a law approved Friday by its ceremonial legislature, expanding the ruling Communist Party’s crackdown on internet industries. The law would impose some of the...

FTC official raps Facebook for booting political ads probe

Aug. 05, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Federal Trade Commission official is criticizing Facebook’s move to shut down the personal accounts of two academic researchers and terminate their probe into misinformation spread through political ads on the social network. Facebook...

Facebook shuts out NYU academics' research on political ads

Aug. 04, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Facebook has shut down the personal accounts of a pair of New York University researchers and shuttered their investigation into misinformation spread through political ads on the social network. Facebook says the researchers violated its terms of service and were...

Rome governor pledges vaccinations go on despite hacking

Aug. 02, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The governor of the area including Italy’s capital, Rome, sought on Monday to assure residents that a powerful hacking intrusion into the region's website, into its second day, won’t interrupt COVID-19 vaccinations. The Lazio region governor, Nicola...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...