Latest Data privacy News

Senate tech critic to Facebook CEO: Sell WhatsApp, Instagram

Sep. 19, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met Thursday with President Donald Trump and other critics of the tech industry, the Senate's most vocal detractor offered a challenge: Sell your WhatsApp and Instagram properties to prove you're serious about protecting data privacy. It may have been more...

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Sep. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that it expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding...

Security firm: Data breach exposes millions of Ecuadorians

Sep. 16, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Millions of Ecuadorians are at risk of identity theft because a security breach exposed a trove of data including names, phone numbers and birth dates, a cyber security firm said Monday. Researchers at vpnMentor said the problem stemmed from an unsecured server located in Miami that...

EU competition chief hints at new data rules for tech firms

Sep. 13, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's powerful competition chief indicated Friday that she's looking at expanding regulations on personal data, dropping an initial hint about how she plans to use new powers against tech companies. Margrethe Vestager said that while Europeans have control over their own data...

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Sep. 6, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two groups of states are targeting Facebook and Google in separate antitrust probes, widening the scrutiny of Big Tech beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations into their market dominance. Facebook and Google are two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech...

Under pressure: Facebook faces antitrust probes

Sep. 6, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook has barely shaken off a record $5 billion fine by U.S. regulators over its privacy practices but it already faces new investigations — not to mention ongoing ones — into potential antitrust violations and other issues. Now, a group of state attorneys generals led...

YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids' privacy law

Sep. 4, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations its YouTube video service collected personal data on children without their parents' consent. The company agreed to work with video creators to label material aimed at kids and said it will limit data collection when users view such...

AP Explains: How YouTube is changing what it shows kids

Sep. 4, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

YouTube is changing what it shows kids. The new business practices, along with $170 million in fines , settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and New York state that YouTube owner Google violated children's online privacy by collecting personal data without parents' permission. Some of the new...

The Latest: FTC official disputes criticism of Google fine

Sep. 4, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 3 p.m. A Federal Trade Commission official is disputing criticism that the FTC's $170 million fine of Google is too small. FTC consumer protection director Andrew Smith says the penalty is historic, although critics are...

Activist loses UK court case on police facial recognition

Sep. 4, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Wednesday that a police force's use of automated facial recognition technology is lawful, dealing a blow to an activist concerned about its implications for privacy. Existing laws adequately cover the South Wales police force's deployment of the technology in a trial,...