California lawmakers block expansion of data privacy law

U.S. 05/16/19, 19:57

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 over how it collects, stores and sells consumers' information.The state that is home to Silicon Valley and tech giants such as Facebook passed the ...

Google opens German center to improve data privacy

Europe 05/14/19, 04:52

Google says it's opening a privacy focused engineering center in Munich, Germany, in its latest move to beef up its data protection credentials.CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday that the Silicon Valley tech giant is expanding its operations in the southern German city and plans to double the number of privacy ...

Insider Q&A: Business Roundtable executive on data privacy

Business 05/05/19, 12:02

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. Her previous background includes work as a technical adviser for the Plan X cyber warfare program at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ...

EU: Facebook changes terms to show it makes money from data

Europe 04/09/19, 08:18

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.The social media giant modified its terms and conditions to better inform users what they are signing up for, the commission said. ...

Update: Industry objects to broader California data law

U.S. 02/25/19, 18:15

The Latest on California's data privacy law (all times local):3:15 p.m.An industry group says a proposal to broaden the right of consumers to sue under California's landmark privacy law would undermine the legislation that was passed last year.Kevin McKinley of the Internet Association says allowing consumers to sue for violations ...

UK lawmakers recommend stiffer social media regulation

Europe 02/17/19, 21:39

A parliamentary committee report has recommended that the United Kingdom government increase oversight of social media platforms like Facebook to better control harmful or illegal content. The report published Sunday concludes an 18-month investigation and says that social media sites should have to follow a mandatory code of ethics overseen by ...

French watchdog slaps Google with $57M fine under new EU law

Europe 01/21/19, 11:11

France's data privacy watchdog has fined Google 50 million euros ($57 million), 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 Monday it fined the U.S. internet giant for "lack of transparency, inadequate information and ...

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

Business 01/17/19, 00:20

Privacy advocates are calling for a new federal agency to oversee consumer data privacy. The organizations' plan would sideline the Federal Trade Commission and strengthen digital privacy protections for U.S. citizens.In contrast, a D.C. think tank backed by technology companies is advocating for all federal privacy plans to be rolled ...

EU top court adviser: Google can limit right to be forgotten

Europe 01/10/19, 05:18

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.The case stems from the ...

Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec; Zuckerberg’s a no-show

Europe 11/27/18, 12:26

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 ...

Apple CEO backs privacy laws, warns data being ‘weaponized’

Europe 10/24/18, 08:34

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.Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook applauded European Union authorities for ...

Google Plus to close after bug leaks personal information

Business 10/08/18, 15:17

Google is shutting down its underwhelming Plus social network for regular users, following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that exposed personal information of up to 500,000 people.The announcement came in a Monday blog post , which was also Google's first public description of the privacy bug.The Wall ...

US attorneys general discuss social media privacy concerns

Business 09/25/18, 17:37

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 ...

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