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Chicago police blame Facebook for illegal gun, drug sales

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders,...

Senate Democrats propose sweeping data privacy bill

Nov. 26, 2019 2:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a broad federal data privacy law that would allow people to see what information companies have collected on them and demand that it be deleted. But the bill is likely to face bipartisan challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. Sen. Maria Cantwell of...

Web inventor has an ambitious plan to take back the net

Nov. 24, 2019 7:37 PM EST

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee released an ambitious rule book for online governance — a bill of rights and obligations for the internet — designed to counteract the growing prevalence of such anti-democratic poisons as misinformation, mass surveillance and censorship. The product of a...

Protecting consumers’ data focus of NY hearing

Nov. 22, 2019 12:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York lawmakers are asking for public input on ways to better protect consumer data and privacy online. The state Senate Standing Committee on Internet and Technology is holding a hearing Friday. Consumer advocates and representatives of internet companies are set to testify. Lawmakers...

Google’s do-good arm tries to make up for everything else

Nov. 19, 2019 10:48 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Google’s head of philanthropy says the company is having “a lot of conversations” internally amid worries about the tech giant’s bottomless appetite for consumer data and how it uses its algorithms. Vice President Jacqueline Fuller wouldn’t comment on...

Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 5:22 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google announced a partnership with a large U.S. health care system aimed at modernizing its information system and providing new tools for doctors, in the tech giant's latest foray into the health industry. Announcement of its arrangement with the Catholic health care system Ascension...

Google's health care ambitions now involve patient data

Nov. 12, 2019 2:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is working with large health care system Ascension, the latest foray into the health industry by the tech giant. The partnership is intended to use artificial intelligence to find patterns that could help doctors, but some are concerned about privacy and protecting patients'...

TennCare members' information subjected to email breach

Nov. 8, 2019 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say the private information of nearly 44,000 TennCare members may have been stolen during a breach of the email system of a vendor for the state's Medicaid agency. The Tennessean reports that Magellan Health Systems says information including members' names and social...

Maine based healthcare provider reports email hack

Nov. 7, 2019 3:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland, Maine, based health care provider was the target of a hack that potentially compromised the information of about 30,000 patients. InterMed said in a news release Tuesday an "unauthorized third party" accessed the email account of an employee sometime from Sept. 4-6. The...