Google Sued By DC, 3 States Saying It Invades Users' PrivacyThe District of Columbia and three states are suing Mountain View-based Google for allegedly deceiving consumers and invading their privacy by making it nearly impossible for them to stop their location from being tracked.
Facebook To Shut Down Facial Recognition System, Delete 1 Billion Face ImagesFacebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people.
Data Usage By Tech Firms Under Renewed Scrutiny Following Facebook Whistleblower TestimonyFor the average person, it’s extremely difficult to know how and to what extent your data collected online is being used by various companies.
COVID: CSU Chico Data Breach Leaks Student Requests For Religious ExemptionsPersonal information from students at California State University, Chico who requested a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine has been posted online after an apparent data breach.
Zoom Agrees To $85 Million Settlement Over Failure to Protect Users' PrivacyThe company behind the video conferencing software Zoom is expected to settle a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit over "zoombombing" and other lapses in privacy protections this week.
Apple: Blindsided, Handcuffed By Trump Administration Demand For Swalwell Data Seeking to protect its image as a guardian of personal privacy, Apple maintains it was blindsided and handcuffed by a Trump administration probe that resulted in the company handing over phone data from California Democratic congressmen Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff.
Apple's Latest iOS Update Includes App Tracking Shield To Protect iPhone, iPad UsersApple is cracking down snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their in order to target more advertising at users with a new privacy feature, dubbed “App Tracking Transparency,” as part of the latest update to the operating system powering the iPhone and iPad.
Feds Order Facebook, Twitter, Other Social Media To Provide Info On Personal Data CollectionFederal regulators ordered Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data.
New Contact Tracing Apps Need Access To Users' Private Data To Control Spread Of COVID-19With coronavirus infections once again on the rise, contact tracing is ever more critical to control the spread of the virus. A growing number of new apps are designed to help do that.
Google Removes Misleading 'Spammy' Ads Targeting American VotersAccording to Google, search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers.
Expansion Of California Data Privacy Law Qualifies For November BallotCalifornia voters will decide a ballot measure this November that would give them more power over how companies use their data.
'We Have Fallen Short' - Zoom CEO Apologizes For Privacy, Security Issues Amid Coronavirus SpikeThe founder and CEO of San Jose-based Zoom has apologized to the video conferencing app's millions of users after coming under fire for a host of privacy issues.
Zoom Faces Scrutiny Over Privacy Amid Rising Use During Coronavirus PandemicThe spike in popularity is leading to a wave of scrutiny of the San Jose-based company, particularly around privacy.
Landlords Face Ethics Of Public Safety Vs. Personal Privacy When Tenants Test Positive For CoronavirusDo tenants have the right to know if someone in their building tested positive? Can landlords demand an infected person to tell them?
Dating Apps Leak Personal Data, European Group SaysDating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws.