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UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court

Canada’s privacy czar is taking Facebook to court after finding that lax practices at the social media giant allowed personal information to be used for political purposes.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

Facebook said it expects a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated its users’ privacy.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

Kroger and Walgreens are testing shelves and coolers with built-in cameras that try to guess your age, gender or mood as a way to show you targeted ads in real …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

U.K. proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content

Social media giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Europe fines Google $1.7 billion in antitrust case

Europe’s antitrust regulators have slapped Google with a big fine for the third time in less than two years.


Mnuchin says he’ll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday he will protect President Donald Trump’s privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump’s tax returns.


Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in …


Froma Harrop: Privacy will belong to a new top 1 percent

We are well into the age of privacy haves and privacy have-nots. But privacy, it seems, remains one value that cannot be bought.


Potential privacy lapse found in Americans’ 2010 census data

A top Census Bureau official says an internal agency team found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine

A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses.


France fines Google nearly $57 million for first major violation of new European privacy regime

Google has been fined nearly $57 million by French regulators for violating Europe’s tough new data-privacy rules, marking the first major penalty brought against a U.S. tech giant since the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages and accounts it says were part of two big disinformation operations.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Fortnite flaw put millions of players at risk, researchers say

A flaw in Epic Games Inc.’s Fortnite put the accounts of millions of users at risk of malicious attack, researchers from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said in a report …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

Facebook says bug may have exposed photos of 7 million users

Facebook says a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what these users intended.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Google accelerates Plus closure after another privacy lapse

Google still is having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete …


Beware the holiday ‘smart toys’ that spy on your kids

Consumer advocates warn “smart toys” pose privacy and security risks for kids. Security experts have shown smart toys can be easily hacked, and toymakers have taken heat for major data …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We have to admit when the free market is not working’

Apple chief executive Tim Cook argued in an interview with Axios that aired on HBO Sunday that the tech industry’s approach to privacy reflects a failure of the free market, …


Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally

Google is going to Europe’s top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend “right to be forgotten” rules to its search engines globally.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Study: Facebook app deleted by 25 percent of users in wake of Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

Facebook users are adjusting their digital behavior following the turmoil on the platform during the 2016 presidential election, according to a new survey.


Google refused order to release data. Will other companies bow under pressure?

Earlier this year, a federal judge signed a search warrant for a windfall of private information to help find the robber responsible for a string of crimes in southern Maine.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Mobile carriers cut off flow of location data to brokers

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have pledged to stop providing information on U.S. phone owners’ locations to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that has drawn criticism for …


Apple is ending apps’ ability to secretly sell your contacts list

Apple’s recently updated policy for developers on its App Store now prohibits apps from selling information collected from your address book to other people.


‘Smart’ gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

Gadgets these days come loaded with microphones and cameras. They are all vulnerable to hacking or programming errors, and there’s nothing consumers can do to eliminate the risks short of …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

‘Smart’ gadgets: Ways to minimize privacy and security risks

There are ways to minimize the odds that gadgets will serve up unpleasant privacy surprises.


UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

‘Smart’ water meters: Convenience or potential invasion of privacy?

State utility regulators are pushing other utilities, including electricity providers, to adopt “smart,” automated meter technology. But the American Civil Liberties Union and others warn it potentially threatens privacy and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

UK lawmakers call on Zuckerberg to appear before them

The U.K. parliament’s media committee demanded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before the panel after lawmakers said the senior executive who testified Thursday failed to fully answer their questions about …


Cambridge Analytica fights back on data scandal

Cambridge Analytica unleashed its counterattack against claims that it misused data from millions of Facebook accounts, saying Tuesday it is the victim of misunderstandings and inaccurate reporting that portrays the …


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 in 10 online adults who’ve heard of the scandal – revelations that a data mining …