Kids in Utah will need parents’ OK to access social mediaMarch 24, 2023 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Children and teens in Utah would lose access to social media apps such as TikTok if they don’t have parental consent and face other restrictions under a first-in-the-nation law designed to shield young people from the addictive platforms.
Why TikTok’s security risks keep raising fearsMarch 23, 2023 GMT
The battle between the U.S. and China over TikTok came into full view on Thursday when the social media platform's CEO testified before Congressional lawmakers.
Shou Zi Chew's hearing in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is happening at what he's called a “pivotal moment” for the hugely popular short video sharing app.
TikTok bans deepfakes of young people as it updates guidelinesMarch 21, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — TikTok went on a counteroffensive Tuesday amid increasing Western pressure over cybersecurity and misinformation concerns, rolling out updated rules and standards for content as its CEO warned against a possible U.S.
Why TikTok’s security risks keep raising fearsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TikTok is once again fending off claims that its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would share user data from its popular video-sharing app with the Chinese government, or push propaganda and misinformation on its behalf.
FTC probes Twitter data practices after Elon Musk’s layoffsMarch 8, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Elon Musk’s mass layoffs at Twitter and trying to obtain his internal communications as part of ongoing oversight into the social media company’s privacy and cybersecurity practices, according to documents described in a congressional report.
TikTok renews push to ease fears over European data securityMarch 8, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — TikTok unveiled new measures Wednesday to protect European user data as it takes steps to head off further government bans on employees using the Chinese-owned video-sharing app on their work phones.
Danish defense ministry bans TikTok on employee work phonesMarch 6, 2023 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — NATO-member Denmark's Defense Ministry on Monday banned its employees from having video-sharing app TikTok on their work phones as a cybersecurity measure.
It’s the latest government-related ban over security and data privacy for the app, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd.
China says EU TikTok ban will harm business confidenceMarch 1, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China says a ban on the use of TikTok by official European Union institutions will harm business confidence in Europe.
In the latest salvo in the battle over the Chinese-owned video sharing app, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council have banned TikTok from being installed on official devices
Father of cellphone sees dark side but also hope in new techMarch 1, 2023 GMT
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The man credited with inventing the cellphone 50 years ago had only one concern then about the brick-sized device with a long antenna: Would it work?
US officials make case for renewing FISA surveillance powersFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden administration officials urged Congress on Tuesday to renew a surveillance program the government has long seen as vital in protecting national security but whose future is uncertain because of scrutiny from an unusual alignment of civil liberties advocates and some Republicans.
Danish parliament urges to remove TikTok over cybersecurityFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish parliament on Tuesday urged lawmakers and employees with the 179-member assembly against having TikTok on work phones as a cybersecurity measure, saying “there is a risk of espionage.”
TikTok banned on all Canadian government mobile devicesFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it is banning TikTok from all government-issued mobile devices, reflecting widening worries from Western officials over the Chinese-owned video sharing app.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it might be a first step to further action or that it might be it.
EXPLAINER: Canada latest to ban TikTok on government phonesFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
TORONTO (AP) — Canada is banning TikTok from all government-issued mobile devices and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it might be a first step to further action.
Feds promise to trim backlog of health care investigationsFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they're working to cut down on a growing backlog of complaints lodged against health care providers, insurers or government agencies by patients who claim their civil rights or privacy have been violated.
German government pushes back on call to close Facebook pageFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday pushed back against a demand by the country's data protection commissioner to take down its Facebook page over data privacy concerns.
The commissioner, Ulrich Kelber, said Wednesday that he had given the government's press office four weeks to shut down the page.
TikTok banned from EU Commission phones over cybersecurityFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The European Union's executive branch said Thursday that it has temporarily banned TikTok from phones used by employees as a cybersecurity measure, reflecting widening worries from Western officials over the Chinese-owned video sharing app.
Rights group: Mideast governments target LGBTQ people onlineFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
BEIRUT (AP) — Security agencies and government officials in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been using social media platforms and mobile dating apps to crack down on LGBTQ people, a rights group said Tuesday.
TikTok plans 2 more European data centers amid privacy fearsFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — TikTok said Friday that it's planning two more European data centers, as the popular Chinese-owned video sharing app seeks to allay growing concerns about data privacy for its users in the West.
Legislator demands Green Bay ditch recording devicesFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker is demanding city officials in Green Bay remove recording devices they installed in City Hall corridors, calling the move a brazen violation of privacy rights.
Court won’t force Pennsylvania to release election recordsFebruary 10, 2023 GMT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appellate court said Thursday that it will not order Gov. Josh Shapiro's administration to produce records on voters and election systems sought by Republican lawmakers in a quest inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Biden to focus on vets, cancer patients, others in speechFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will outline some new steps Tuesday to go after illegal drugs, help veterans and cancer patients, and provide more access to mental health care.
Prying eyes: Neighbors win privacy feud with UK Tate galleryFebruary 1, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Supreme Court says people who live in glass houses have a right to privacy too.
The court ruled Wednesday that a viewing platform at London’s Tate Modern art gallery made residents of glass-walled luxury apartments next door feel like animals in a zoo, and impeded “the ordinary use and enjoyment” of their homes.
SC governor renews push for abortion ban in State of StateJanuary 26, 2023 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster vowed Wednesday to press forward with efforts to further restrict abortion in the state.
Edmunds: The pros and cons of software running your carJanuary 25, 2023 GMT
Software was a big theme for automakers attending CES 2023 in January. BMW, Stellantis, Volkswagen and a joint venture between Honda and Sony showed off upcoming or concept vehicles that are significantly reliant on computers and code.
Concern over NYC police filming of people leaving Drake showJanuary 24, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Some audience members leaving a concert by Drake at a Manhattan theater came outside to see a New York Police Department officer filming those filing out, raising concerns from privacy advocates over what would be done with the footage.
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers say car hit barricade outside homeJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
A car with three occupants recently drove into a barricade outside the California home owned by Sam Bankman-Fried’s parents, an apparent attempt to gain access to the property where the founder of crypto exchange FTX is under house arrest.
EU’s Breton warns TikTok CEO: Comply with new digital rulesJanuary 19, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The European Union's digital policy chief warned TikTok's boss Thursday that the social media app will have to fall in line with tough new rules for online platforms set to take effect later this year.
Ireland’s WhatsApp penalty highlights EU privacy turmoilJanuary 19, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Ireland fined WhatsApp for breaching strict European Union privacy rules in a case that has exposed divisions among EU watchdogs over how to regulate its parent company, Meta.
Allen announces withdrawal from voter registration groupJanuary 18, 2023 GMT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's new secretary of state announced the state's withdrawal Tuesday from a 32-state voter registration partnership, a data-sharing effort that was designed to maintain accurate voter rolls but has sometimes become the target of conservative ire and conspiracy theories.
Montana lawmaker seeks to overturn abortion rulingJanuary 18, 2023 GMT
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana legislature is considering a proposal that would interpret the state’s constitutional right to privacy to mean that it does not protect the right to an abortion, a move that would echo others in several states to severely restrict or ban abortion.
Bill would force period tracking apps to follow privacy lawsJanuary 16, 2023 GMT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — When the Supreme Court last June stripped away constitutional protections for abortion, concerns grew over the use of period tracking apps because they aren’t protected by federal privacy laws.
Wisconsin, North Carolina governors ban popular TikTok appJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin and North Carolina on Thursday became the latest states to ban the use of TikTok on state phones and other devices, a move that comes after nearly half of the states nationwide have blocked the popular social media app owned by a Chinese company.
Russia releases US Navy veteran who crossed borderJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has released a U.S. Navy veteran who apparently illegally crossed the border from Poland into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad last year and was held there for nine months.
Judge denies sanctions bid over leak in shooting caseJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A judge on Wednesday denied an attempt to punish authorities after the media obtained documents showing detailed allegations about the suspect in the Colorado gay nightclub shooting previously plotting to be “the next mass killer" in an old case that was sealed at the time.
TikTok boss meets European officials as scrutiny intensifiesJanuary 10, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — TikTok’s CEO met Tuesday with European Union officials about strict new digital regulations in the 27-nation bloc as the Chinese-owned social media app faces growing scrutiny from Western authorities over data privacy, cybersecurity and misinformation.
Similar state abortion challenges meet different outcomesJanuary 6, 2023 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The top courts in two conservative states ruled the same day on similar challenges to abortion bans — and went in opposite directions.
South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down state abortion banJanuary 6, 2023 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on abortion after six weeks, ruling the restriction enacted by the Deep South state violates a state constitutional right to privacy.
Meta fined 390M euros in latest European privacy crackdownJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators on Wednesday hit Facebook parent Meta with hundreds of millions in fines for privacy violations and banned the company from forcing users in the 27-nation bloc to agree to personalized ads based on their online activity.
Indiana medical board sets doctor’s hearing in abortion caseJanuary 3, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's medical licensing board next month will hear a case regarding the Indianapolis doctor who this past summer provided an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio.
Louisiana superintendent urges schools to remove TikTokJanuary 3, 2023 GMT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education chief urged public schools and systems Tuesday to remove TikTok from public devices amid concerns about security and the privacy of users’ data.
Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley is the latest state official to urge restrictions of the popular video-sharing app.
Facial recognition tool led to mistaken arrest, lawyer saysJanuary 2, 2023 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana authorities’ use of facial recognition technology led to the mistaken-identity arrest of a Georgia man on a fugitive warrant, an attorney said in a case that renews attention to racial disparities in the use of the digital tool.
EXPLAINER: Kansas’ Democratic governor imposes TikTok banDecember 28, 2022 GMT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly banned the use of TikTok on the state-issued devices of government workers under her control on Wednesday, becoming one of the first Democratic governors to restrict the popular social media app.
German intel employee held for passing information to RussiaDecember 22, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — An employee of Germany's foreign intelligence service has been arrested on suspicion of treason for allegedly passing secret information to Russia, German prosecutors said Thursday.
The man, a German citizen who was identified only as Carsten L.
Inmate in Alaska corrections department custody diesDecember 21, 2022 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man serving a sentence for a sexual assault conviction died earlier this month at Goose Creek Correctional Center, the Alaska Department of Corrections said Tuesday.
The department said no foul play is suspected in the Dec.
Vermont health insurer ends affiliation with reform groupDecember 20, 2022 GMT
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s largest private health insurance provider is ending its affiliation with an organization that has been working to change the way health care is paid for in the state, the company said Tuesday.
Fortnite maker to pay $520M for privacy, e-commerce abusesDecember 19, 2022 GMT
The maker of the popular Fortnite video game will pay $520 million in penalties and refunds to settle complaints revolving around children's privacy and its payment methods that tricked players into making unintended purchases, U.S.
Cards GM Steve Keim takes health-related leave of absenceDecember 15, 2022 GMT
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has taken a leave of absence from the organization because of a health-related issue.
The team acknowledged Keim's health issues Wednesday, but didn't elaborate.
Report: TikTok boosts posts about eating disorders, suicideDecember 15, 2022 GMT
TikTok's algorithms are promoting videos about self-harm and eating disorders to vulnerable teens, according to a report published Wednesday that highlights concerns about social media and its impact on youth mental health.
Census Bureau tables controversial privacy tool for surveyDecember 14, 2022 GMT
The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday said it was putting on hold plans to apply by 2025 a controversial method for protecting the privacy of participants in its most comprehensive survey of Americans after facing pushback from prominent researchers and demographers.
Michigan State must disclose deals with 2 big sports donorsDecember 13, 2022 GMT
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered Michigan State University to release donor agreements with two alumni who gave or pledged millions of dollars to the athletic department.
Michigan State has acknowledged that some of the money will help pay for a 10-year, $95 million contract with football coach Mel Tucker, who got a new deal in 2021 while leading the Spartans to an 11-2 record.
EU moves closer to sewing up new data transfer deal with USDecember 13, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The European Union moved closer to a clinching a revamped deal over transatlantic data transfers aimed at resolving concerns about U.S. spying with a draft decision that confirms “comparable safeguards” to those in the EU, which has stringent privacy rules.
EU court: Google must delete inaccurate search info if askedDecember 8, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Google has to delete search results about people in Europe if they can prove that the information is clearly wrong, the European Union's top court said Thursday.
The European Court of Justice ruled that search engines must “dereference information" if the person making the request can demonstrate that the material is “manifestly inaccurate."