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Maine governor signs net neutrality bill

Jun. 25, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor has signed a bill aiming to protect internet customers. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' office announced Tuesday that the law takes effect in September. The amended bill says internet service providers that are contracted by the state have to agree to provide "net...

What's your data worth to Big Tech? Bill would compel answer

Jun. 24, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth. The legislation floated Monday by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., goes to the...

Moratorium urged on use of facial recognition technology

Jun. 22, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that would hit pause on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other public agencies is gaining steam on Beacon Hill, as privacy and civil rights advocates say the technology is proliferating with little regulation and despite concerns about its reliability. The...

Facebook's currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

Jun. 19, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners. Just hours after the social media giant unveiled early plans for the Libra cryptocurrency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire insisted that only...

The Latest: Lawmaker wants Facebook to suspend currency plan

Jun. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Facebook's new digital currency (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The head of the House Financial Services Committee wants Facebook to suspend plans for a new currency until Congress and regulators are able to study it more closely. In asking Facebook to put the Libra currency...

German state to shut Facebook page over data privacy worries

Jun. 13, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German state government announced plans Thursday to shut down the region's Facebook page because of concerns over the company's handling of data protection issues. The governor's office in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt cited a year-old ruling by the European Union's top court...

Justice's antitrust chief sketches how he'll assess big tech

Jun. 11, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust chief suggested Tuesday he'll take a broad view of how competition is harmed when assessing whether big tech firms should be broken up. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim also was clear in a speech in Israel that he is well aware that just...

Facebook launching app that pays users for data on app usage

Jun. 11, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook on Tuesday launched an app that will pay users to share information with the social media giant about which apps they're using. The company previously rolled out two similar apps that tracked what activities people did on their phones. But both were shut down after drawing...

Maine governor signs online privacy bill

Jun. 7, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has signed what supporters call one of the strictest online privacy proposals in the country. The bill, signed by Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday, prohibits internet service providers from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to a customer's...

Neymar testifies in Brazil about posting accuser's photos

Jun. 6, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Soccer star Neymar testified for almost two hours in Rio de Janeiro's police headquarters Thursday in a cybercrimes investigation linked to a woman's rape allegation against him. Brazilian soccer confederation reported earlier that Neymar had received a subpoena to speak with...