Latest Data privacy News

After Roe, Dems seek probe of tech's use of personal data

Jun. 24, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Supreme Court ending the constitutional protections for abortion, four Democratic lawmakers are asking federal regulators to investigate Apple and Google for allegedly deceiving millions of mobile phone users by enabling the collection and sale of their personal data to...

Cyprus helps bust illicit sale of private data on Americans

Jun. 09, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police have seized servers that were used to sell social security numbers and other personal information stolen from 24 million U.S. citizens, a law enforcement official said Thursday. Police Cybercrime Department Chief Andreas Anastasiades told the...

FTC Chair Khan plans key work on kids' data privacy online

Jun. 09, 2022 06:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Trade Commission says the agency is pushing a robust agenda of actions and policies to help safeguard children's privacy online. The ongoing work will include toughened enforcement of a long-standing law governing kids’ online privacy and...

Amazon to close Kindle bookstore in China, halt device sale

Jun. 02, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

Amazon said Thursday that it will shut down its digital Kindle bookstores in China and stop selling the device to retailers in the country to readjust the focus of its business. The company said in a post on the popular messaging app WeChat that the digital bookstore will stop...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 01, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. May 29, 2022. Editorial: This year’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial election will be a clear litmus test of our willingness to protect democracy Doug Mastriano could be our next governor. As Bumsted reported, Mastriano benefited from...

Twitter to pay $150M penalty over privacy of users' data

May. 25, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter will pay a $150 million penalty and put in new safeguards to settle federal regulators’ allegations that the social platform failed to protect the privacy of users’ data over a six-year span. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission...

DC sues Zuckerberg over Cambridge Analytica privacy breach

May. 23, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia on Monday sued Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a privacy breach of millions of Facebook users’ personal data that became a major corporate and political scandal. D.C....

Breach exposed data of half-million Chicago students, staff

May. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The personal information of more than half a million Chicago Public Schools students and staff was compromised in a ransomware attack last December, but the vendor didn't report it to the district until last month, officials said. The data breach occurred Dec. 1 and...

EU commission proposes plan to fight child pornography

May. 11, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Wednesday unveiled a plan to require online platforms to detect and report the sharing of child sex abuse images on the internet, which quickly triggered privacy concerns. The regulation, which needs to be endorsed by member...

Legislators send data privacy "bill of rights" to governor

Apr. 28, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Consumers in Connecticut will be able to know when their personal information is being tracked and how it's being used under a wide-ranging data privacy bill that's headed to Gov. Ned Lamont's desk. The legislation, dubbed a “consumer bill of rights,”...