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FILE -- In this March 10, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a face mask checks her phone as she walks at the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy. Across Europe, governments are increasingly using surveillance to try to curtail the lethal spread of the new coronavirus, tracking people’s movements with aggregated cell phone location data and introducing apps to keep the infected quarantined. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread

Mar. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy. The effort announced Tuesday by...

A woman covers her face as she shops at a food market in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, March 15, 2020. ‏Israel has imposed a number of tough restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that schools, universities, restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. He also encouraged people not to go to their workplaces unless absolutely necessary.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israel takes step toward monitoring phones of virus patients

Mar. 15, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has long been known for its use of technology to track the movements of Palestinian militants. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to use similar technology to stop the movement of the coronavirus. Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Shin Bet security agency...

Washington Senate approves data privacy rules

Feb. 14, 2020 9:40 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate on Friday passed a data privacy measure that would give consumers the right to manage how information held by private companies is used. The measure, called the Washington Privacy Act, passed on a bipartisan 46-1 vote and now heads to the House for consideration....

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 file photo, Christina Fay of Wolfeboro attends District Court at the Carroll County Superior Courthouse in Ossipee, N.H. An attorney for Fay, convicted of 10 counts of animal cruelty after dozens of her Great Danes were found sick and living in filthy conditions in her home, is scheduled to argue her appeal before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP, File)

Woman convicted of abusing Great Danes appeals case

Feb. 12, 2020 1:13 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police violated a woman's privacy by allowing an animal welfare group to take photos and video as it helped gather dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes from her mansion, material that was then posted online to raise money, the woman's lawyer argued Wednesday before the state Supreme...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump campaigns as a 2nd Amendment warrior

Feb. 11, 2020 6:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the Parkland school shooting in Florida two years ago, President Donald Trump chided Republican lawmakers for being too “scared” of the National Rifle Association to tighten gun laws — then backed away from the idea. After back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and...

FILE- This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among the billions of Facebook users who use the site to keep up with friends. And like millions of others, the three men shared their own photographs and were

Unique Illinois privacy law leads to $550M Facebook deal

Feb. 9, 2020 10:54 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Pezen, Carlo Licata and Nimesh Patel are among millions of people who have been tagged in Facebook photos at some point in the past decade, sometimes at the suggestion of an automated tagging feature powered by facial recognition technology. It was their Illinois addresses, though,...

Sen. Kelly Stargel gives her closing statements after debate over her bill SB 404, requiring parental consent for abortion for minors, at the Florida Capitol Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The bill passed the Senate 23-17 along party lines.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Abortion measure clears another key hurdle in Florida

Feb. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Florida moved closer to enacting legislation to require parental consent before a minor can get an abortion, clearing a key hurdle Thursday in the state Legislature. After a civil but passionate hourlong debate, the Senate voted 23-17 along party lines to...

Gender dysphoria bill pulled in Senate but expected in House

Feb. 4, 2020 1:41 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota state senator on Tuesday pulled a bill that would have required school counselors to tell parents if their child expressed feelings of gender dysphoria or self-harm, saying he is yielding to an expected House bill related to parental rights. Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City...