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Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...

Dutch data protection authority fines TikTok over privacy

Jul. 22, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' Data Protection Authority said Thursday it has fined TikTok 750,000 euros ($885,000) for not offering a privacy statement in Dutch, saying many children who use the popular video sharing app would be unable to understand the information. ...

India internet law adds to fears over online speech, privacy

Jul. 15, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — It began in February with a tweet by pop star Rihanna that sparked widespread condemnation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of massive farmer protests near the capital, souring an already troubled relationship between the government and Twitter. ...

Cybersecurity concerns lead Kentucky to rebid contract

Jul. 14, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Concerns about cybersecurity have led the state of Kentucky to extend its search for a company to modernize its pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said Wednesday. The need for additional safeguards...

EXPLAINER: Why China is investigating tech firms like Didi

Jul. 05, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese regulators have clamped down on the country’s largest ride-hailing app, Didi Global Inc., days after its shares began trading in New York. Authorities told Didi to stop new registrations and ordered its app removed from China’s app stores pending a cybersecurity...

India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

Jun. 16, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has...

EU court leaves Facebook more exposed to privacy challenges

Jun. 15, 2021 07:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook is subject to EU privacy challenges from watchdogs in any of the bloc's member states, not just its lead regulator in Ireland, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, in a ruling that has implications for other big tech companies. Under the EU's...

Leak of billionaires' tax data draws GOP outcry over privacy

Jun. 10, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress are alarmed by the leak of confidential IRS data to the investigative news organization ProPublica, enabling it to reveal that famous billionaires including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg paid little in U.S. income tax at times. A...

FBI working with Des Moines college on data security breach

Jun. 09, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The FBI is now working with the Des Moines Area Community College on a data security breach that has led to days of the school being shut down. The security incident closed the college on Friday and forced it to partially shut down its computer...

Illinois secretary of state warns against email, text scams

May. 30, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning state residents to be on the lookout for email and text scams claiming to be from his office. In some cases scammers copy website logos from his office to appear official and lure people into disclosing...