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Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data

Sep. 21, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families and patients have a new online tool to compare COVID-19 vaccination rates among nursing homes, Medicare announced Tuesday, addressing complaints from consumer groups and lawmakers that the critical data had been too difficult to find. The...

Americans have little trust in online security: AP-NORC poll

Sep. 16, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Most Americans don’t believe their personal information is secure online and aren't satisfied with the federal government's efforts to protect it, according to a poll. The poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MeriTalk shows that 64%...

DoorDash sues New York City over rights to customer data

Sep. 15, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

DoorDash is suing New York City over a new law that requires delivery companies to share customer data with restaurants. The lawsuit filed Wednesday is the latest in a string of legal tussles between delivery companies and local governments, reflecting unease over the...

White House competition council seeks lower consumer prices

Sep. 10, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

A new White House council on U.S. economic conditions held its first meeting Friday, with participants highlighting at least 18 actions taken to help consumers and potentially lower prices. The council, an outgrowth of a July executive order by President Joe Biden, is...

Apple delays iPhone photo-scanning plan amid fierce backlash

Sep. 03, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple is indefinitely delaying plans to scan iPhones in the U.S. for images of child sexual abuse following an outcry from security and privacy experts who warned the technology could be exploited for other surveillance purposes by hackers and intrusive governments....

Insider Q&A: What's next for student loans in the COVID era

Aug. 30, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before starting advocacy group the Student Borrower Protection Center, Seth Frotman was the Student Loan Ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That's effectively the federal government's point person for student loan issues. Frotman held...

T-Mobile CEO says "truly sorry" for hack of 50M users' data

Aug. 27, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile says it has notified nearly all of the millions of customers whose personal data was stolen and that it is “truly sorry” for the breach. CEO Mike Sievert said in a written statement Friday that the company spends lots of effort to try...

The secret bias hidden in mortgage-approval algorithms

Aug. 25, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

The new four-bedroom house in Charlotte, North Carolina, was Crystal Marie and Eskias McDaniels’ personal American dream, the reason they had moved to this Southern town from pricey Los Angeles a few years ago. A lush, long lawn, 2,700 square feet of living space, a...

Conservative hoaxers face $5.1M fine for election robocalls

Aug. 25, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two conservative hoaxers face a record $5.1 million fine for allegedly making illegal robocalls to wireless phones without the owners' consent in the 2020 election. The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the proposed fine for Jacob...

Progressive Dem Morgan Harper enters US Senate race in Ohio

Aug. 18, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Progressive Morgan Harper jumped into the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio on Wednesday, promising to turn next year's primary against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan into another test of the left wing's strength within the Democratic party. Harper,...