Latest Data privacy News

California discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

Nov. 6, 2019 5:58 PM EST

California's attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook's privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was...

Facebook agrees to pay fine in Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct. 30, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has agreed to pay a 500,000-pound ($643,000) fine in a privacy case stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, agreeing to accept the fine without admitting any liability. Britain's Information Commissioner Office had leveled the fine after concluding Facebook processed the...

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Oct. 17, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform's refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy "even if it goes against our standards." But while he promoted free expression, limitations were place on coverage of his remarks at Georgetown University....

Indiana hospital system notifying patients after data breach

Oct. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana hospital system is warning more than 68,000 patients that their personal information, including Social Security numbers and health records, may have been exposed during a data breach. Methodist Hospitals has been mailing letters to patients detailing the...

Google touts privacy options, but still depends on your data

Oct. 15, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's latest phone and smart-home devices came packaged with a not-so-subtle message: Google cares about your privacy. Does it? The tech company has had a complicated relationship with user information in the past. Google's latest steps offer consumers some additional protections,...

Facebook's Libra currency battered by defections, pushback

Oct. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week, PayPal became...

California outlines ways to comply with upcoming privacy law

Oct. 10, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Companies must notify California residents of their data privacy rights in plain language and must verify people's identities before releasing data, state officials proposed Thursday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced draft regulations that also spell out ways people can ask for their personal...

Facebook CEO to appear before Congress on currency plan

Oct. 9, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this month as the tech giant is under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its massive market power and record of privacy breaches. Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who heads the House Financial Services Committee,...

EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

Oct. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social network all over the world _ a decision experts say could hinder free speech online and put a heavy burden on tech...

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

Oct. 2, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings. The company and other tech giants are facing increased scrutiny over the amount of data they collect from their users. Google and Facebook both debuted new privacy tools this year. Now, YouTube users will be...