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WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted …

Social Security rolls back security measures on website

The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency’s website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts.

Cheating site Ashley Madison had inadequate security, privacy officials say

Privacy officials in Canada and Australia have found that cheating website Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies despite marketing itself as a discreet and secure service

IRS urges tax preparers to protect against identity theft

The Internal Revenue Service is urging tax preparers to protect against the theft of their clients’ data.

Lewiston police restrict media access under new policy

The Lewiston Police Department will no longer allow its officers to speak to reporters over the weekend under a newly implemented policy.

Feds sue Seattle to block disclosures about FBI surveillance

The Justice Department is suing the city of Seattle to block the release of information that it says could jeopardize ongoing FBI investigations.

Sex offender charged with trying to film child in Wrigley Field bathroom

Authorities charged a man after he tried to use a camera to record a child inside a bathroom at Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon, police said.

No need to obey Obama’s transgender student policy, Georgia education leader says

Georgia’s top education official says state school districts don’t have to comply with the Obama administration’s recent guidance that transgender students at public schools be allowed to use bathrooms and …

North Carolina LGBT legal feud won’t hold up federal money

The Obama administration made clear Thursday it won’t withhold money for North Carolina while a legal fight plays out over the state’s law on bathroom use by transgender people.

Unmanned drone smashes into Seattle home

A couple who lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was making breakfast when they heard a loud crash and the sound of breaking glass. A drone had just smashed into …

Seattle compost rule thrown out by judge as unconstitutional

An environmental effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors …

Alabama city passes transgender bathroom ordinance

People in an Alabama city who use public restrooms intended for a gender other than what is listed on their birth certificate will be punished under an ordinance officials passed …

FBI says it won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it …

FBI still studying iPhone vulnerability, agency boss says

FBI Director James Comey says the FBI is still studying the software vulnerability that allowed the agency, with third party help, to access a locked iPhone used by one of …

U.S. to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs

States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in announcing a set of measures …

Rallies over North Carolina LGBT law begin as lawmakers return

A day of rallies at North Carolina’s statehouse began Monday with the delivery of petitions signed by 180,000 people seeking the repeal of a law that curtails protections for LGBT …

Microsoft sues federal government over secret demands for customer data

Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

Personal data stolen from Olympia School District employees

Personal information of some current and former Olympia School District employees has been stolen by someone posing as the district’s superintendent.

South Carolina bill would ban transgender people from using bathrooms of their choosing

South Carolina would ban transgender people from using public bathrooms, showers or changing rooms of their choice under a bill introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday.

Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case.

Inquiry into Washington state theft that risked data of millions yields few answers

Senate investigators indicated Monday they’ve received few answers from the Obama administration after a laptop and portable hard drives – likely containing names and Social Security numbers of millions – …

Hackers post data allegedly of 50 million Turks

Hackers have posted a database online that allegedly contains the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of this scale.

FBI agrees to unlock iPhone of Arkansas teens in murder case

The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.

Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.

Britain’s online spying law faces test in Parliament

A proposed British law that gives police and spies unprecedented powers to look at the Internet browsing records of everyone in the country will be governed by “the strongest safeguards” …

Seattle mayor signs order to protect transgender rights

Seattle’s mayor has signed an executive order aimed at making public spaces safer for transgender and gender-diverse people.

Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers’ …

Washington Legislature passes bill on police body cameras

The Legislature has passed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.

Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests

The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she …

French lawmakers vote bill to make tech firms unlock data

France’s lower house of Parliament has approved a measure aiming to give prison sentences to technology company executives who refuse to give data to investigators in terrorism-related cases.