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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

New technology allows pet owners to spy on every sniff and shredded slipper

Every sniff, nap or destructive moment can be watched live on a mobile device. Dog owners can even remotely launch treats.


London police deploy face scan tech, stirring privacy fears

London police started using facial recognition cameras on Tuesday to automatically scan for wanted people, as authorities adopt the technology that has raised concerns about increased surveillance and erosion of …


China denies cybertheft following Equifax accusations

China denied involvement in any hacking activities on Tuesday after the United States indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Chinese military stole masses of Americans’ data in Equifax breach, US says

Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

NSA discovers security flaw in Windows, Microsoft issues fix

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system and tipped off the company rather than exploit it for its own intelligence needs.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday

Microsoft will stop providing free security updates for the Windows 7 operating system on Tuesday, meaning computers using it will be more vulnerable to malware and hacking.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in – and in a big way

From the face scanner that will check in some attendees to the cameras-everywhere array of digital products, the CES gadget show is all-in on surveillance technology – whether it calls …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Researcher: Data on 267 million Facebook users exposed

A Ukrainian security researcher says a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users was exposed on the open internet for …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine

There’s a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you.


Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

The company reiterated Wednesday that it found no evidence of a security breach and that account problems are limited to “a very small percentage of users” of Disney Plus.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Apple launches new privacy website, but policies unchanged

Apple is expanding its website on privacy with more explanations about its commitments, though its policies and practices aren’t changing.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

California discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was disclosing it now because his office was making a …


New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook’s platform in a “very public way,” an executive …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Google debuts Pixel 4 phone, wireless earbuds with AI

Google unveiled the newest version of its flagship phone Tuesday, complete with features to help it compete with rivals including a more advanced camera, a faster artificial intelligence assistant and …


Researchers question Census Bureau’s new approach to privacy

The U.S. Census Bureau is creating tighter privacy controls in response to new fears about prying by data snoopers.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Amazon offers a way to delete Alexa recordings automatically

Users of Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can now request that recordings of their voice commands delete automatically.


Delta Air Lines will use facial recognition cameras at LAX boarding gates

Delta Air Lines has begun using facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, installing cameras to identify passengers at one boarding gate and has plans to add more.


Capital One hacking suspect pleads not guilty to federal computer, wire fraud charges

The Seattle software engineer known online as “erratic,” who is accused of hacking into Capital One’s computer systems and compromising the personal data of more than 100 million customers, pleaded …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Federal grand jury indicts woman in Capital One case

A former Amazon software engineer arrested last month on charges she hacked into Capital One bank and more than 30 different companies has been indicted by a federal grand jury


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Apple apologizes for use of contractors to eavesdrop on Siri

As part of the apology posted Wednesday, Apple reiterated an earlier pledge to stop keeping audio recorded through Siri unless consumers give their permission.


Facial recognition can detect fear, privacy groups concerned

Amazon announces its facial recognition program used by Washington state police can now detect emotion drawing concerns from privacy advocates.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook

Facebook says it paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

FBI, Facebook could clash over privacy vs. monitoring

The FBI is looking for outside contractors to monitor social media for potential threats, setting up a possible conflict with Facebook and other companies over privacy.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Panels overturns settlement approval in Google privacy suit

A federal appeals court has rejected a settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google spied on users’ online activity using tracking “cookies,” even when privacy settings were set to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

Privacy group challenges $5B Facebook settlement

A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook’s $5B settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not “adequate, reasonable or appropriate” and lets the social media …


Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a …


Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential …


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.


LabCorp discloses data breach affecting 7.7 million customers

LabCorp, a medical testing company, said 7.7 million customers had their personal and financial data exposed through a breach at a third-party billing collections company.