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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.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Apple previews new software as it diversifies beyond iPhones

Apple executives previewed a large set of privacy and speed-focused changes to the company’s phone and computer software Monday, some intended to help it diversify to offset eroding sales of …


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: Tue., May 14, 2019

New security flaw in Intel chips could affect millions

Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world.


New French rules for Facebook? Zuckerberg likes the idea

France welcomed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Paris on Friday with the threat of sweeping new regulations against his social media behemoth – and Zuckerberg himself called that proposal a …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant

A kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Google promises better privacy tools, smarter AI assistant

Google announced updates for its artificially intelligent voice assistant and new privacy tools to give people more control over how they’re being tracked on the go or in their own …


Zuckerberg to explain how Facebook gets ‘privacy focused’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday with more details about his new “privacy-focused” vision for the social network – including end-to-end encryption for …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court

Canada’s privacy czar is taking Facebook to court after finding that lax practices at the social media giant allowed personal information to be used for political purposes.