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After massive Equifax breach, N.Y. attorney general presses TransUnion, Experian for details

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pressing two credit monitoring companies to explain what cybersecurity they have in place to protect sensitive consumer information following a recent breach at …


FTC confirms it’s investigating Equifax breach

The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday it is investigating the massive data breach at credit reporting agency Equifax, adding America’s top consumer watchdog to the chorus of federal lawmakers and …


Equifax’s seismic breach tests Trump pledge to dismantle rules

The massive Equifax data breach has triggered demands on Capitol Hill for stiffer rules and new requirements for what financial companies must do to fend off cyberattacks.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:11 p.m.

Consumers struggle to get answers from Equifax after massive hack

After announcing millions of people were impacted by an unprecedented hack on its systems, Equifax faced a customer service nightmare as panicked masses turned to a website and customer service …


Ex-Evergreen teacher gets 6 months in ‘upskirt’ case

Former Evergreen High School teacher Matthew Morasch was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for trying to take “upskirt” images of a girl in his class and another woman …


Text messages as public records emerges as new Montana issue

Montana government leaders plan to create rules for when and how to preserve text messages after a news organization’s public-records request exposed the lack of a policy to retain the …


Court orders web host to provide records on anti-Trump site

An internet hosting company must turn over records for a website that the government alleges was used to plan violent protests on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

No such law as ‘public voyeurism’ in Idaho, but police chief defends arrest anyway

An eastern Idaho police chief is defending the arrest of a man who was videotaping the outside of a public building even though the officer who made the arrest cited …


Judge clears way for Trump commission to collect voter data

A federal judge on Monday allowed President Donald Trump’s voting commission to go forward with collecting voter data from 50 states and the District of Columbia, ruling the White House …


Idaho residents at risk from Kansas cyberattack; millions of Social Security numbers exposed

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Trump says he wants voter fraud commission to have open mind

President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the motives of states that have refused to comply with his voter fraud commission’s request for extensive personal voter information, suggesting they have something …


Openings set in U.S. court for Bundy standoff retrial in Vegas

A federal jury in Las Vegas is due to hear openings in the retrial of four men who brought assault-style weapons to a standoff that stopped government agents from rounding …


Facebook fighting court order over secret government access

Technology companies and civil liberties groups have joined Facebook in a fight over government access to social media accounts.


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Proposed face scans for Americans flying abroad stir privacy issues

The Department of Homeland Security says it’s the only way to successfully expand a program that tracks nonimmigrant foreigners. They have been required by law since 2004 to submit biometric …


Lawsuits filed over Trump voting commission requests

President Donald Trump’s commission investigating election fraud faced further pushback Thursday in the form of lawsuits seeking to block its collection of detailed information about every voter in the United …


Mexican journalists, activists targeted with spyware, report says

Mexican journalists, lawyers and activists were targeted by spyware produced by Israel’s NSO Group that is sold exclusively to governments, according to an internet watchdog group’s investigation published Monday.


Oregon bill sets deadline for release of public records

The Oregon House has given final legislative approval to a bill that requires state government agencies to comply with requests for public information in a timely fashion.


Man accused of hiding camera in work restroom

A 31-year-old man is accused of planting a camera in a unisex restroom and recording his co-workers at his east Vancouver workplace.


Washington lawmaker introduces bill to ban masks in public

A bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would ban the wearing of masks on public streets.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 12:57 p.m.

Seattle passes ordinance to allow recording of police

People in Seattle now have a legal right to record encounters between the police and civilians.


Justices won’t hear appeal over release of federal mug shots

The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from the Detroit Free Press that asked the government to release mug shots of federal criminal defendants in Michigan and three other states.


Montana airport gains full-body scanner after 4-year hiatus

Helena Regional Airport in Montana will soon be using a full-body scanner for the first time since March 2013.


Privacy issues take center stage in Pullman drone discussion

How to ensure privacy remains a major consideration for the Pullman Police Department, as it refines its policies and procedures for the use of aerial drones.


Microsoft lifts curtain further on data it collects from Windows 10 users

Microsoft has disclosed more information on the type of data the software company collects from Windows 10 users, a move that comes weeks after a European Union (EU) privacy watchdog …


Psychiatric board sues Oregon paper to stop records request

A state agency is fighting Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s order to release records to a small newspaper based in Vale.


Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure

States have started writing their own legislation to protect broadband privacy after Congress voted to repeal regulations that would have required internet providers to obtain their customers’ consent before collecting …


Analysis: Internet providers can collect and sell your Web browser history. Here’s what to expect.

After Congress handed President Donald Trump legislation Tuesday that would wipe away landmark privacy protections for Internet users, we received a lot of reader questions about what happens next. The …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

The House just voted to wipe out the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections

House Republicans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to repeal a set of landmark privacy protections for web users, issuing a sweeping rebuke of Internet policies enacted under the Obama administration.


WikiLeaks says CIA hacks on Apple devices can persist

New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that couldn’t be disabled by resetting devices to factory conditions.


170,000 job-seekers compromised by hacking at Idaho Department of Labor

The Idaho Department of Labor says about 170,000 of the state’s 530,000 job-seeker accounts have been compromised by a hacking incident.