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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, smartphone apps are shown, in Miami, USA.  Britain's Information Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, released a new set of standards aimed at protecting children’s online personal details privacy for social media sites, games and other online services. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

Jan. 22, 2020 4:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, second from left, address reporters at the Justice Department in Washington to announce results of an investigation of the shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. An an image of an iPhone is displayed at left. The Justice Department has placed a high national-security priority on its probe of the incident, insisting that investigators must get access to data from two locked and encrypted iPhones that belonged to the alleged gunman, a Saudi aviation student. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

AP Explains: The Justice Department's new quarrel with Apple

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly shooting of three U.S. sailors at a Navy installation in December could reignite a long-simmering fight between the federal government and tech companies over data privacy and encryption. As part of its probe into the violent incident, deemed a terrorist act by the government,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

EU legal opinion: mass data retention at odds with EU law

Jan. 15, 2020 8:24 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the European Union’s highest court said Wednesday that the bloc's data protection rules should prevent member states from indiscriminately holding personal data seized from Internet and phone companies, even when intelligence agencies claim that national security...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

Dating apps leak personal data, Norwegian group says

Jan. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy...

Samsung Sero TVs are on display at the Samsung booth during the CES tech show, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. The TVs can rotate to play vertically or horizontally. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Privacy, once hidden topic, gets attention at CES tech show

Jan. 10, 2020 3:32 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once a hidden and under-the-radar topic, privacy got more attention at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week. Startups now volunteer information about how they’re securing your data and protecting your privacy when you use their heart rate monitor or cuddly robot. Roybi, an...

Picnic's pizza-making robot makes a pizza at a food vendor's booth during the CES tech show, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters

Jan. 9, 2020 7:45 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year. Here are some highlights: PIZZA ROBOT...

FILE — In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure, to take effect in 2020, making it harder for industries to treat workers like contractors instead of employees who are entitled to minimum wage and other benefits. Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have said they'll spend $30 million to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot to overturn the law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California takes lead on laws affecting gig economy, privacy

Dec. 29, 2019 11:42 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s long tradition of advancing nation-leading legislation continues into the new year, with laws reining in the gig economy, boosting online privacy and discouraging shootings by police, among other potential trend-setters. The laws have sent businesses including...

In this Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, photo, Neda Deylami poses for a portrait while charging her electric vehicle at a Chicago area grocery store. Owners of electric vehicles in a number of states will start seeing fees to pay for road repairs in the new year. At least eight states will begin charging new or higher registration fees Wednesday, Dec. 25, for electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.

States charge more for electric cars as new laws take effect

Dec. 29, 2019 10:32 AM EST

The new year will bring new charges for some owners of electric vehicles, as an increasing number of states seek to plug in to fresh revenue sources to offset forgone gas taxes. In Hawaii, the charge will be $50. In Kansas, $100. In Alabama and Ohio, $200. New or higher registration fees go into effect...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, a worker looks at his mobile phone at the newly opened Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to a New York Times report, ToTok, a chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family, is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users. (Patrick Castillo/Emarat Al Youm via AP, File)

Report: Popular UAE chat app ToTok a government spy tool

Dec. 23, 2019 1:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users, according to a newspaper report. The government uses ToTok to track conversations, locations, images and other...

Grant to help upgrade technology in Detroit's public schools

Dec. 22, 2019 10:08 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A philanthropic group has awarded $5.9 million to help upgrade outdated or non-existent technology infrastructure in Detroit’s public schools. The grant from the Ballmer Group will support the continued development of a data system designed to make student performance information...