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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 …


Facebook moving most users from protection of EU privacy law

Facebook is set to comply with strict new privacy rules in Europe next month, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly that those protections will be available around the world. …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Zuckerberg says regulation inevitable. Is Congress up to it?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable” and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two …


Facebook suspends Canadian firm amid data mining scandal

Facebook says it has suspended a Canadian political consulting firm amid media reports it had ties to Cambridge Analytica, a British data mining company accused of obtaining data from up …


Promises, promises: Facebook’s history with privacy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recent promises about addressing a privacy breaches echo his comments from seven years ago.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

Three Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months.


Ask the Builder: Translucent window film adds to privacy in bathroom

I grew up in an older home that had unique pressed glass in the bathroom windows. It allowed lots of light in the room, and you didn’t have to put …


Supreme Court could limit police in digital-age privacy case

The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could impose limits on the government’s ability to track Americans’ movements through collection of their cellphone information.


Facebook risks EU-wide privacy fights after setback at top court

Facebook could be in the firing line of data privacy regulators across the European Union if the bloc’s top court follows the opinion of an adviser who said the social …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Sonic reports ‘unusual activity’ on some credit cards

Sonic says there’s been some “unusual activity” on credit cards used at some of its restaurants.


House investigators demand details on private emails by Trump team

A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down amid hacking scandal

The chief executive of Equifax, the troubled credit reporting agency that suffered a massive data breach that affected as many as 143 million people, will retire, effective Tuesday, according to …