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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you block the social network from gathering information about you on outside websites and apps.


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know about the Capital One data breach

The alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, obtained Social Security and bank account numbers in some instances, as well other information such as names, birthdates, credit scores and self-reported income, the …


Facebook launching app that pays users for data on app usage

Facebook is launching an app that will pay users to share information with the social media giant about which apps they’re using.


Report: Real estate title firm exposes data in 885M flies

Report: First American Financial’s privacy lapse exposes bank account numbers, other personal info contained in 885 million real estate title files.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

Yahoo to pay $117.5M in latest settlement of massive breach

Nearly 200 million people ensnared in Yahoo data breach are eligible for up to $117.5 million in free services, other potential restitution.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Google considers building $600M data center in Minnesota

Google is looking into building a $600 million data center in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms.


Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner

The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday’s presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users data, activities

Internal Facebook documents released by a U.K. parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Security breach at Nordstrom exposes sensitive employee data

The company isn’t saying how many of its employees may be impacted by the security breach it alerted workers to this week.


Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

A high-level Israeli military delegation visited Moscow on Thursday to present detailed information related to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that responded to an Israeli air …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:52 a.m.

EU opens investigation into how Amazon uses data

European authorities said Wednesday they have opened a preliminary antitrust investigation into Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s treatment of smaller merchants on its website.


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.


STEM majors way up, humanities down, among Washington college students, new data show

Students are continuing to flock to science, technology, engineering and math fields statewide in record numbers.


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get …


Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Facing at least three lawsuits demanding more data on the death toll, Puerto Rico’s government released new information on Tuesday that added detail to the growing consensus that hundreds or …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

China’s Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Research airplane photographs Spokane real estate and finds 50 new construction sites since last year

For the past few days, real estate research company CoStar Group has been circling the Spokane area and taking pictures of its construction sites to gather data about the area …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Facebook disputes report it grants phone-makers deep data access

Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device-makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung. They’re privy to Facebook users’ information but it’s nothing …


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 …


New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions …


German spy chief says wouldn’t trust Facebook with his data

Germany’s domestic intelligence chief says he wouldn’t trust Facebook with his data.


New data show Trump’s restrictive refugee policies are reshaping who is coming to Washington — and who isn’t

Refugees entering Washington from Iraq and Iran, numbering in the hundreds last year, totaled just 15 combined over the past six months. The number of Syrian refugees during that period: …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 4 p.m.

Zuckerberg asked to testify in UK; data firm’s CEO suspended

A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions on fake news as authorities step up efforts to determine whether data has been improperly used …


Facebook data whistleblower: ‘fake news to the next level’

A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that “took fake news to the next level,” a former employee …


Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data

The Pentagon has ordered an independent federal auditor to stop providing the public with key information about U.S. war efforts in Afghanistan, accelerating a clampdown on data, such as the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Volunteers to use app in upcoming count of homeless people in Spokane

Spokane is revamping its annual count of the city’s homeless people to gather more data that city officials hope will help them better find gaps in services.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Walking beaches, volunteers amass data on dead seabirds

A long-running citizen monitoring program at the University of Washington tracks dead seabirds as an indicator of the coastal environment’s health.


Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data

Japan’s industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened.


Japan’s Kobe Steel under fire for fudging data on metals

The Japanese government urged steelmaker Kobe Steel on Wednesday to clarify the extent of manipulation of inspection data on steel, aluminum and other metals used in a wide range of …