Data privacy

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, flanked by Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook's privacy practices since 2018. Becerra offered few details about the probe and said he was disclosing it only because his office was making a public court filing to force Facebook to answer its subpoenas, which Becerra said Facebook has failed to respond adequately do. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
November 06, 2019 - 4:51 pm
California's attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook's privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He...
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FILE - This April 22, 2005, file photo, shows logos for MasterCard and Visa credit cards at the entrance of a New York coffee shop. Visa and Mastercard are dropping out of Facebook’s Libra project, a potentially fatal blow to the social network’s plan for a worldwide digital currency, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 12, 2019 - 7:05 am
Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo downtown Los Angeles buildings and office workers are reflected in the front windows of a building. California has proposed rules for companies preparing for the state’s data privacy bill, including setting out specific ways people can ask for their personal information to be deleted from company databases. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
October 10, 2019 - 3:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general is proposing rules for companies to comply with a new state privacy law. The law, which goes into effect in January, will allow Californians to see what information companies have collected about them and request that information be deleted. Rules...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. Attorney General William Barr wants Facebook to give law enforcement a way to read encrypted messages sent by users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 09, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this month as the tech giant is under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its massive market power and record of privacy breaches. Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who heads the House Financial Services...
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FILE - This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting in March 2018, Facebook started looking into the apps that have access to its users' data. The probe came after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten data from millions of Facebook users through an app, then used the data to try to influence U.S. elections. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
October 03, 2019 - 1:16 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court ruled Thursday that individual member countries can force Facebook to remove what they regard as unlawful material from the social network all over the world _ a decision experts say could hinder free speech online and put a heavy burden on tech...
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FILE - This Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. Google's video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children's personal data without their parents' consent. The Federal Trade Commission fined Google $136 million and the company will pay an additional $34 million to New York state to resolve similar allegations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 04, 2019 - 9:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Child advocacy groups that helped spark a government investigation of YouTube say the outcome doesn't do enough to protect children. YouTube owner Google will pay the Federal Trade Commission $136 million and...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, the social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets users block the social network from gathering information about them on outside websites and apps. Facebook said Tuesday, Aug. 20, that it is adding a place where users can see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service. If they want, they can turn it off. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
August 20, 2019 - 1:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is...
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August 15, 2019 - 6:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about Facebook paying contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service, The Associated Press reported that Irish data protection regulators said they'd also had "ongoing engagement with Google, Apple and Microsoft" over the issue but didn'...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018, file photo people walk by a building in New York. You carry your smartphone everywhere. But the way you use it could leave you vulnerable to specific forms of identity theft, including robocall scams and hackers looking to hijack your phone number. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 13, 2019 - 10:05 am
Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world — and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank balance or charging a phone at a public USB port, to exploit personal information for their...
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August 08, 2019 - 4:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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. Last month, the FBI said it is soliciting proposals for a social media "early alerting tool" in order to...
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