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A man shows the contact tracing app Stayaway Covid on his cellphone, in Lisbon, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The smartphone app uses Bluetooth technology to help discover whether people have been in close proximity to someone infected with COVID-19. Mobile apps tracing new COVID cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

Sep. 22, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app 'TikTok' on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. President Donald Trump said Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US

Sep. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he's given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy...

A delivery man yawns near a national flag in Beijing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. China's Ministry of Commerce on Saturday, Sept. 19 2020 issued regulations for its

China announces regulations for 'unreliable entity' list

Sep. 19, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce on Saturday issued regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, aimed at foreign companies it says endanger its national sovereignty, security or development interests. Companies that end up on the list could be banned from importing or...

FILE - Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.  The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20,  to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The government said its order, previously announced by Trump in August, will “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.”  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

Sep. 18, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S. — a move that could effectively wreck the operation of both Chinese services for U.S. users. TikTok won't face the...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook may be forced to stop sending data about its European users to the U.S., in the first major fallout from a recent court ruling that found some trans-Atlantic data transfers don't protect users from American government snooping. The social network said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Ireland's Data Protection Commission has started an inquiry into how Facebook shifts data from the European Union to the United States.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Facebook may have to stop moving EU user data to US

Sep. 10, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook may be forced to stop sending data about its European users to the U.S., in the first major fallout from a recent court ruling that found some trans-Atlantic data transfers don't protect users from American government snooping. The social network said Wednesday that Ireland's Data...

Swiss official airs concerns about data privacy in US

Sep. 8, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss federal commissioner announced Tuesday that a U.S.-Swiss program aimed to protect personal information exchanged between the two countries doesn't go far enough, and has downgraded the United States to rank it as a country deemed to have inadequate data protection. Federal Data...

Computer breach at OSU exposes personal info of 1,700

Sep. 4, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The personal information of some Oregon State University students and faculty members may have been compromised during a computer security breach, officials said. A hacker accessed a computer server for the university’s Ecampus online education program this summer, gaining...

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014, file photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York. Facebook is pushing back on Apple’s new privacy rules for iOS users — and putting app developers in the middle. The social network said Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 that anew policy by Apple that requires apps to ask users for permission to collect data on what devices they are using — and let ads follow them around on the internet — could lower the amount of money apps will make advertising through Facebook's audience network. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof, File)

Facebook: Apple privacy changes will muck up online ads

Aug. 26, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is pushing back on new Apple privacy rules for its mobile devices — and putting app developers in the middle. Apple will soon require apps to ask users for permission to collect data on what devices they are using and to let ads follow them around on the internet....

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. European Union privacy regulators are wrangling over the penalty Ireland's data privacy watchdog was set to issue Twitter for a data breach. The Irish Data Privacy Commission was expected to issue its decision in the Twitter case, which would be its first involving a U.S. technology company since the new privacy law, known as GDPR, took effect in 2018, allowing for hefty fines. But it said Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 that its counterparts in other countries - so-called concerned supervisory authorities - challenged a draft decision it circulated in May.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

EU regulators wrangle over Twitter data privacy penalty

Aug. 20, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union privacy regulators are wrangling over the penalty Ireland's data privacy watchdog was set to issue Twitter for a data breach, pushing back the case's long awaited conclusion under the bloc's tough new data privacy rules. The Irish Data Privacy Commission was expected to issue...

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Criticized over recent appointees, Census adds another hire

Aug. 17, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Amid calls for investigations into whether two recent hires for top positions at the U.S. Census Bureau were politically motivated, the nation's top statistical agency said Monday it was hiring a third new deputy director as the bureau enters the homestretch of its once-a-decade head...