Bay Area Health Departments Order Labs To Provide More Comprehensive COVID-19 DataHealth officials in the seven Bay Area jurisdictions issued an order Tuesday requiring all commercial and academic labs to provide more comprehensive information on coronavirus testing in the region.
Volunteers Hand Out Coronavirus Info To San Francisco Muni CommutersThe San Francisco Department of Public Health on Wednesday was trying to get the word out on how residents can protect themselves from getting the virus, especially those who take public transportation.
New Email App Helps Sender ‘Communicate With Anybody’ By Pulling Info From InternetA new app that pulls information off the internet to improve the average email has even the creator calling the new technology “creepy.”
Personal Information Collected By License Plate Readers May Be Available To Anyone Who AsksIf you drive a car through the Bay Area, chances are good that police have photos of your license plate, and data on where you’ve been, and that information may be available to anyone who asks for it.
Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal DataThe government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned.
Should We Digitize Driver’s Licenses? Iowa Residents Will Soon Have That OptionIowa residents will soon have the option of having their driver's license digitized and available on their smartphones, one analyst says privacy issues could arise in the case of a routine traffic stop.
New Malware May Be Lurking In More Than 300,000 iPhones, iPadsPalo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China.
U.S. Makes Nearly Half Of Government Facebook User Information RequestsThe latest Facebook disclosure on how often governments around the world request user information reveals that the United States government does much more snooping into the social network than any other country.
San Francisco-Based Fitness Device Maker 'Fitbit' Denies Selling Personal DataThe maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.
ConsumerWatch: Your Car May Be Spying On YouYour car may be spying on you, and the information it collects can, and may be used against you.
German Data Agency Fines Google Over Illegal Information GatheringA German data protection agency fined Google Inc. 145,000 euros ($189,000) for illegally recording information from unsecured wireless networks—an amount it acknowledged is “totally inadequate” as a deterrent to the multinational giant.
New Microsoft Ad Assault On Google Shows Industry ShiftMicrosoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads. The latest marketing assault says as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry’s competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.
Government Announces New Online Child Privacy RulesThe government has announced new online child privacy rules it says give parents greater control over the personal information that can be collected from preteens on the Internet.
'Black Box' In Newer Cars Raises Privacy Concerns For SomeA new law already approved by the Senate will make event data recorders - often referred to as "black boxes" - mandatory in new cars. But what will likely surprise a lot of car owners, and unnerve those concerned about digital privacy, is that box is probably already there.
ConsumerWatch: Skimmers May Use Smartphones To Steal Credit Card InformationThe increasingly popular radio frequency identification (RFID) credit cards that allow consumers to pay by tapping may be making it easier for crooks to steal valuable information with their smartphones.