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Privacy

As gadgets and services get smarter, they need more data, and face the hard problem of keeping it safe. Data privacy has become a huge problem for Google, Facebook, Amazon, and any company using artificial intelligence to power its services — and a major sticking point for lawmakers looking to regulate. Here's all the news on data privacy and how it's changing tech.

Twitter seeking input as it explores Filter and Limit controls on tweets

Senate Democrats call on FTC to fix data privacy ‘crisis’

Why you need a personal laptop

Keeping work and life on one device puts your privacy at risk

A privacy-focused permissions feature from Android 11 is coming to older phones too

DoorDash sues New York City over law that requires it to share customer data with restaurants

Joe Biden to nominate facial recognition critic to FTC

Google reportedly gave some users’ data to Hong Kong authorities in 2020

Go read this report about the horrifying leaks coming from school ransomware attacks

Twitter is testing an official ‘soft block’ feature

ProtonMail court order leads to the arrest of French climate activist

Feds to close unit that monitored Americans’ social media for Census disinformation

Apple delays controversial child protection features after privacy outcry

Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15

FTC bans spyware app SpyFone, orders it to delete illegally harvested data

WhatsApp fined $267 million for breaching EU privacy law

How police laid down a geofence dragnet for Kenosha protestors

ATF investigators used a controversial technique to investigate arson incidents connected to the 2020 police protests

Most US government agencies are using facial recognition

China passes new privacy law aimed at protecting users’ personal data

Clubhouse removed personal info from users’ accounts in Afghanistan as a safety measure

Amazon is using a custom logging device to track the trucks moving its freight

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How to take advantage of Android 12’s new privacy options

Policy groups request Apple abandon plans to scan devices for child abuse imagery

Justice Department says facial recognition helped end an almost 15-year manhunt

T-Mobile data breach exposed the personal info of more than 47 million people

The Taliban may have seized biometric data that can ID US allies in Afghanistan

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Apple’s controversial plan to try to curb child sexual abuse imagery

Apple’s controversial new child protection features, explained

Here’s why Apple’s new child safety features are so controversial

Encryption and consumer privacy experts break down Apple’s plan for child safety

Apple pushes back against child abuse scanning concerns in new FAQ

WhatsApp lead and other tech experts fire back at Apple’s Child Safety plan

Apple VP acknowledges concerns about new scanning feature in internal memo

How to use DuckDuckGo’s email protection app