New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting school kids' personal data

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday sued Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google search engine, alleging that its educational software collects young students’ personal information without the required parental consent.

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

EU Drops Idea of Facial Recognition Ban in Public Areas-Paper

BRUSSELS — The European Union has scrapped the possibility of a ban on facial recognition technology in public spaces, according to the latest proposals seen by Reuters.

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

Break up big tech's 'monopoly', smaller rivals tell Congress hearing

channels, Tile has made the decision to continue raising concerns over Apple’s anti-competitive practices,” Tile’s general counsel Kirsten Daru told Reuters in an interview ahead of the hearing.

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data

Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Ministry of Justice said on Monday it fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million reais ($1.6 million) for improperly sharing user data.

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

'Do Not Sell My Info': U.S. retailers rush to comply with California privacy law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the retailers collect, sources said.

Exhibition in China reflects on loss of anonymity to recognition technology

Exhibition in China reflects on loss of anonymity to recognition technology

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - An art exhibition exploring the impact of facial recognition technology has opened in China, offering a rare public space for reflection on increasingly pervasive surveillance by tech companies and the government.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Russia 'successfully tests' its unplugged internet

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia's government to get more control over online life Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.It blocks access to many foreign internet services, which in turn has helped several domestic tech giants establish themselves.

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

TBILISI, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. senators grilled Apple Inc and Facebook Inc executives over their encryption practices on Tuesday and threatened to regulate the technology unless the companies make encrypted user data accessible to law enforcement.

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s proposed new privacy bill may require large social media platforms to offer an identity-verification option, a potentially precedent-setting effort to rein in the spread of “fake news”, two government sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software.

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world’s most popular internet search engine remains in its sights despite record fines in recent years.

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

Exclusive: China's ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe - sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

U.S. Congress seeks answers on patient privacy in Google, Ascension cloud deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee on Monday wrote Alphabet Inc’s Google and Ascension Health demanding briefings by Dec. 6 on how patient data the hospital chain is storing on the cloud is used.

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

Microsoft to probe work of Israeli facial recognition startup it funded

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the use of facial recognition technology developed by an Israeli startup it funded complies with its ethics principles, the company said on Friday.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

Microsoft says it will follow California's digital privacy law in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data.

Privacy protection essential to shield human rights, says Microsoft's Smith

Privacy protection essential to shield human rights, says Microsoft's Smith

LISBON (Reuters) - Microsoft President Brad Smith said on Wednesday a “new wave” of data privacy protection and other security measures was needed to safeguard people’s rights at a time when “everything has gone digital”.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs secures conditional nod for Toronto smart city

TORONTO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Sidewalk Labs unit secured conditional approval to move forward in the process to build a smart city in Toronto after agreeing to develop a smaller area than initially proposed and make concessions on data collection and privacy, the city’s waterfront development board said on Thursday.

Desjardins Group data breach hit all 4.2 million members: Quebec finance minister

Desjardins Group data breach hit all 4.2 million members: Quebec finance minister

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A June data breach that hit Canada’s Desjardins Group has affected all of the financial cooperative’s 4.2 million members, prompting government reforms to protect personal information in the Canadian province of Quebec, an official said on Friday.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a book slated for publication Oct. 29, retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Trump called Mattis and directed him to “screw Amazon” by preventing it from bidding on the JEDI contract, according to an excerpt of the book seen by Reuters ahead of its release.

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday.

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

Microsoft's LinkedIn loses appeal over access to user profiles

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected LinkedIn’s effort to stop a San Francisco company from using information that users of the professional networking website have deemed public.

Breakingviews - Google could buff its browser-privacy blemishes

Breakingviews - Google could buff its browser-privacy blemishes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Breakingviews) - Google’s browser privacy could use more cover.In August, its engineering director argued blocking cookies, which are text files of data that allow advertisers to target online consumers, would only encourage more opaque tracking techniques like digital fingerprinting.

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