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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, 6:24 p.m.

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, 1:42 p.m.

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, 3:14 p.m.

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, 5:31 p.m.

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, 6:26 p.m.

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, 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

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, 7:42 p.m.

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, 3:49 p.m.

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, 2:19 p.m.

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, 4:29 p.m.

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, 5:36 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

Facebook said it expects a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated its users’ privacy.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Coming to store shelves: cameras that guess your age and sex

Kroger and Walgreens are testing shelves and coolers with built-in cameras that try to guess your age, gender or mood as a way to show you targeted ads in real …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

U.K. proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content

Social media giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing pressure in Europe on Monday when countries proposed stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Europe fines Google $1.7 billion in antitrust case

Europe’s antitrust regulators have slapped Google with a big fine for the third time in less than two years.


Mnuchin says he’ll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday he will protect President Donald Trump’s privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump’s tax returns.


Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in …