BERLIN (AP) — A German state government announced plans Thursday to shut down the region's Facebook page because of concerns over the company's handling of data protection issues.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's leading internet company said Tuesday that it's committed to data privacy as it responded to reports that the national intelligence agency is pressuring it into handing over...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge is ordering Facebook to turn over internal records regarding data privacy and access to user data.
Thursday's ruling involves an investor lawsuit seeking...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers blocked an effort Thursday to expand the state's sweeping new data privacy law, handing a victory the tech industry as it faces mounting scrutiny...
LONDON (AP) — Google opened a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials as tech companies' face growing scrutiny...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Denise Zheng is vice president at the Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of major U.S. companies, where she oversees the technology and internet innovation committee....
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah autism researcher who accused college administrators of retaliating against her for raising concerns about data privacy has been awarded an additional...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Cuomo administration has launched a survey to give New Yorkers an opportunity to provide feedback about online data privacy issues.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the European officials in charge of a tough data privacy law says legislation now poised to emerge in the U.S. won't be a copy of the EU's regime and will reflect American...
LONDON (AP) — Facebook has changed the fine print in its terms of service to clearly explain to users that it makes money by using their data, the European Commission said Tuesday.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have heard a bill that would allow consumers to prevent a website operator from selling their information in certain situations.
Survey: Top CEOs report weaker economic outlook for 1Q
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. CEOs reported Wednesday that their economic outlook weakened in the first three months of the year although it remains above its historical average.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill that will study personal internet data issues.
Senators endorsed the House legislation 43-2 on Wednesday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed a broad package of data privacy protections, including rules that would give consumers the right to delete data about them held by private...
California may broaden far-reaching data privacy law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the attorney general Monday to expand what already is the...
The Latest: Industry objects to broader California data law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's data privacy law (all times local):
An industry group says a proposal to broaden the right of consumers to sue under...
House passes bill to study internet data privacy issues
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has passed legislation that will study personal internet data issues.
Representatives endorsed the Legislation 93-0 on Tuesday.
‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating...
Bill would give people more power over personal data on web
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota residents would have control over their personal internet data under a bill considered by the state Legislature.
French watchdog slaps Google with $57M fine under new EU law
PARIS (AP) — France's data privacy watchdog fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million) on Monday, the first penalty for a U.S. tech giant under new European data privacy rules that took effect last year.
The National Data Protection Commission said it fined the U.S. internet giant for "lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent" regarding ad personalization for users.
EU top court adviser: Google can limit right to be forgotten
LONDON (AP) — An adviser to Europe's top court says Google doesn't have to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally.
The European Court of Justice's advocate general released a preliminary opinion Thursday in the case involving the U.S. tech company and France's data privacy regulator.
Attorney general calls for better data protection in Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's attorney general says the state should do more to ensure data privacy.
Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec; Zuckerberg’s a no-show
LONDON (AP) — A cohort of international lawmakers is trying to turn up the pressure on Facebook, grilling one of its executives and making a show of founder Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to explain to them why his company failed to protect users' data privacy.
The rare "international grand committee" of lawmakers from nine countries gathered in London to get answers about Facebook's handling of personal data and made a point of leaving an empty seat with Zuckerberg's name tag.
UK fines Facebook over data privacy scandal, EU seeks audit
LONDON (AP) — British regulators slapped Facebook on Thursday with a fine of 500,000 pounds ($644,000) — the maximum possible — for failing to protect the privacy of its users in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
At the same time, European Union lawmakers demanded an audit of Facebook to better understand how it handles information, reinforcing how regulators in the region are taking a tougher stance on data privacy compared with U.S. authorities.
Apple CEO backs privacy laws, warns data being ‘weaponized’
BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant's commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being "weaponized" against users.
Blumenthal: Facebook breach shows need for data privacy law
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Congress must pass data privacy legislation, after Facebook's revelation of a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts.
In a call with reporters on Friday, Facebook said it doesn't know who was behind the attacks or where they're based.
Blumenthal, a Democrat, has been working to get Congress to develop an enforceable, nationwide standard on consumer data privacy.
The Latest: Tech firms back US privacy law to negate states
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearing on privacy (all times local):
Internet companies are hoping to avoid a patchwork of state laws on consumer data privacy. They are supporting a federal proposal that could negate those state laws, including a recently enacted one in California.
Executives from Google, Amazon, Twitter, Apple and AT&T were asked at a Senate hearing Wednesday if they'd support federal privacy protections that pre-empted "inconsistent" state laws.
US attorneys general discuss social media privacy concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) — A meeting between top state law enforcement officials and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about how the government can safeguard the privacy of social media users ended Tuesday without a decision on whether to investigate.
The gathering at the Justice Department was scheduled to discuss whether tech giants are "stifling the free exchange of ideas" and examine whether they "may be hurting competition."
Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally
LONDON (AP) — Google is going to Europe's top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally.
The technology giant is set for a showdown at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday with France's data privacy regulator over an order to remove search results worldwide upon request.
Facebook cleanup: Hurt the stock, help the world?
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a rough year for Facebook and its investors. Questions of data privacy, fake news proliferation and user growth have dogged the company.
Now, it is investing heavily on fixing those problems. Not everyone is convinced of the solutions — but if you take Facebook at its word, the changes it plans will ultimately make the social media service better for its 2.2 billion users.
Facebook faces UK fine over its data privacy scandal
LONDON (AP) — Facebook is facing its first financial penalty for allowing the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users.
The social media giant faces a 500,000-pound ($663,000) fine for failing to protect the personal information of its subscribers following an investigation into the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal by the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers left for summer recess with most of the year's major bills still on their to-do list.
So far in 2018, they have passed first-in-the-nation data privacy regulations and a ban on new local soda taxes. But when they return in August, they'll have less than a month to tackle high-profile measures on criminal justice, energy policy and sexual harassment.
Sweeping data privacy bill approved in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will soon have what experts call the nation's most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data under a bill the governor signed Thursday.
The law will compel companies to tell customers upon request what personal data they've collected, why it was collected and what categories of third parties have received it.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California data privacy bill (all times local):
California will soon have what experts call the nation's most far-reaching law to give consumers more control over their personal data.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state senators advanced a last-minute internet privacy bill Tuesday ahead of a deadline while acknowledging it would need changes if it becomes law.
The bill would let consumers ask companies what personal data they collect and opt out of having their data sold, among other privacy provisions.
Lawmakers voted to pass the measure, AB375, out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are scrambling to meet a tight deadline to pass an internet privacy bill and keep a related initiative off the November ballot.
The bill would empower consumers to ask companies such as Google or Facebook what personal data they've collected, why it was collected and what categories of third parties have received it. Consumers could then ask companies to delete their information and refrain from selling it.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a last-minute California data privacy bill (all times local):
A campaign funded by tech companies to oppose a California data privacy initiative says it doesn't have a comment on a bill with similar aims.
The campaign has vocally opposed the initiative to let consumers opt out of having companies sell their personal data. Lawmakers reached a deal and introduced a bill Thursday to pass a similar policy through the legislative process.
Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the European Union's new data privacy law (all times local):
A group that campaigns for data protection rights in Europe says it's filed legal complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp over the way they obtain users' consent under new EU privacy rules.
The group NOYB.EU — which stands for "none of your business" — claims its action could force the U.S. internet giants to pay up to 7 billion euros ($8.2 billion).
LONDON (AP) — Lars Andersen's business handles some of the most sensitive data there is — the names and phone numbers of children.
The owner of London-based My Nametags, which makes personalized nametags to iron into children's clothing, says protecting that information is fundamental to his business, which operates in 130 countries.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have his meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the European parliament about data privacy be broadcast publicly through web streaming.
The evening meeting with leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert was long expected to be private. But many in the European Parliament had been calling for an on-air grilling for Zuckerberg to explain his company's role in a scandal about the misuse of customer data.
Europe's new data and privacy rules take effect a week from Friday, clarifying individual rights to the personal data collected by companies around the world for targeted advertising and other purposes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of a California initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal data say they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Attorney General says up to 20 percent of all state residents may have been impacted by a privacy breach at Facebook.
Mark Herring said Wednesday that Facebook had told his office that 7,100 Virginians had downloaded a third-party app that potentially may have exposed the private information of 1.7 million "friends" on the social network site.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is repeating a call for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the internet giant's data privacy scandal, after Zuckerberg offered to send a subordinate in his place.
In a letter to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the EU assembly's president, Antonio Tajani, said political group leaders "stressed the absolute need of your personal presence."
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announcing he is shutting down his Facebook account (all times local):
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he isn't sure Facebook can fix its privacy issues and he expects it will be decades before it changes its policies.
Wozniak announced he's shutting down his Facebook account amid the worst privacy crisis the social media company has faced.
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, in prepared testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives, said all of Facebook's problems are his mistake.
The world's largest social-media company didn't do enough to prevent its tools from being used for harm, especially in terms of fake news, foreign interference in elections, hate speech, developer policies and data privacy, Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder, said.