Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

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Groups Call For Chicago PD To Stop Using Facial Recognition Technology

More than 70 groups signed a letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urging her to end the practice, citing racial bias and privacy concerns.

 | Meg Hilling

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FCC: Wireless Carriers Violated Federal Law By Selling Location Data

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the agency's findings in a letter to lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

 | Briana Koeneman

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How Your Holiday Tech Gift Could Compromise Other People's Privacy

Consumer privacy advocacy groups and other tech companies want to inform shoppers on how gadget gifts may compromise user security.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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California Attorney General Seeks Court Order For Facebook Documents

The California Attorney General's Office says Facebook has failed to hand over subpoenaed documents in an ongoing investigation.

 | Meg Hilling

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ACLU Sues Government For Records On Its Use Of Facial Recognition

The ACLU filed a freedom of information lawsuit against three government agencies for access to records on the use of facial recognition technology.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

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Facebook Sues Israeli Surveillance Firm After WhatsApp Hack

WhatsApp says close to 1,400 users were affected by the security breach, and many were reportedly journalists and human rights activists.

 | Antoinette Miller

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Facebook Is Getting Rid Of Its Tag Suggestions Feature

Facebook calls the new setting "an easy on or off switch" for facial recognition in all its uses.

 | Antoinette Miller

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YouTube Removes Over 100K Videos Under New Hate Speech Rules

YouTube recently revised its policies to explicitly ban videos promoting extremist ideologies or certain conspiracy theories.

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Facebook Unveils New Data Privacy Tool

The Off-Facebook Activity tool will allow users to view and clear personal information Facebook has received from other websites and platforms.

 | Caitlin Baldwin

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NYC Bill Would Ban Companies From Selling Cellphone Location Data

A New York City bill would ban the sale of any cellphone location data collected within the five boroughs.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

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Sen. Schumer Wants FaceApp Investigated Over Russian Ties

The Russian-based app transforms users from young to old to another gender. It's an internet craze, but Sen. Chuck Schumer may just cancel it.

 | Lauren Magarino

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San Francisco Votes To Ban City Depts. From Using Facial Recognition

City officials voted 8-1 in favor of legislation that would ban facial recognition tools from being used by local government.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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What You Need To Know About DNA Testing Kits

Some companies may be using your DNA for research. Consumer Reports health reporter Kevin Loria explains.

 | Lauren Magarino

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Report: FEMA Wrongly Shared Natural Disaster Victims' Personal Data

A government watchdog found FEMA had given the personal information of about 2.3 million ​people who survived several natural disasters.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

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Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation Over Data Privacy

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents from at least two smart phone companies in a criminal investigation into Facebook.

 | LeeAnne Lowry

Congress May Soon Unveil Major Data Privacy Legislation

US tech companies will likely face the prospect of regulation after several user privacy scandals and Russian meddling into the 2016 election.

 | Willie James Inman

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Marriott, Equifax CEOs To Testify Before Senate On Data Breaches

A Senate panel is set to hear testimony Thursday on recent private sector data breaches.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Lawmakers Are Getting The Ball Rolling On A National Privacy Law

The Senate Commerce Committee heard from big tech representatives on a potential federal privacy law during a hearing Wednesday.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Google Didn't Notify Users Its Nest Alarm System Has A Microphone

It was only after Google announced a voice-assistant update to the Nest Guard that users learned of a built-in microphone.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

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Government Watchdog Recommends A Federal Internet Privacy Law

A Government Accountability Office report suggests Congress look at implementing a comprehensive internet privacy law.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Almost 447 Million Personal Records Compromised By Hackers In 2018

According to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center, a record number of sensitive personal information was stolen by hackers last year.

 | Cristina Mutchler


FaceTime Bug Allows People To Listen In Before They Answer

New York's governor issued a consumer alert Monday, advising FaceTime users to temporarily disable the app.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

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Critics Say FTC's Privacy Fines Need To Get More Serious

The FTC issues relatively weak penalties to tech companies that break data privacy rules. A new record-breaking fine may be a chance to change that.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Addresses The Company's Recent Downfalls

Speaking at a conference in Germany on Sunday, Sandberg went over five steps that Facebook's taking as it learns from past mistakes.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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More Than 770 Million Emails And Passwords Exposed In Data Breach

A web security expert is calling this the largest collection of data ever loaded into his breach-checking website.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

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Facebook Bug Gave App Developers Access to Some Users' Photos

The apps had access to some users' photos for a 12 day span in September.

 | Caitlin Baldwin

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Google CEO Defends Company's Privacy Practices Before House Lawmakers

In a House committee hearing, Sundar Pichai was asked about how Google tracks location data and if it's biased against conservative voices.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Australia Passes Encryption Bill That's Sparking Privacy Concerns

The new law will require tech companies to let security agencies access encrypted private messaging services, like iMessage and WhatsApp.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Marriott To Pay For New Passports If Fraud Is Found After Data Breach

The hotel chain told media outlets it will cover passport replacement costs for guests affected by fraud as a result of its recent data breach.

 | Cristina Mutchler

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Marriott Announces Massive Data Breach Affecting 500 Million Guests

Marriott said hackers accessed personal information in its Starwood reservations database.

 | Andrea Gonzales