Latest Data privacy News

Senator asks Facebook CEO to testify on Instagram and kids

Oct. 20, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senator leading a probe of Facebook’s Instagram and its impact on young people is asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel that has heard far-reaching criticisms from a former employee of the company. Sen. Richard...

Instagram and teens: How to keep your kids safe

Oct. 06, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

For many parents, revelations this week from whistleblower Frances Haugen showing internal Facebook studies of the harms of Instagram for teenagers only intensified concerns about the popular photo sharing app. “The patterns that children establish as teenagers stay...

Census ponders producing less granular data in next release

Sep. 24, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

U.S. Census Bureau officials said Friday that they were pondering whether to produce less granular data in the next round of 2020 census data, dealing with housing and family relationships, in a decision that could upset researchers, city planners and others who rely on neighborhood-level...

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...