"Google has prioritized profit over their users' privacy," said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon, one of 40 states to bring the case. "They have been crafty and deceptive."
Some online therapy companies are facing scrutiny for how they handle user data. Experts weigh in on what patients can do to keep their data safer when using these types of services.
When law enforcement requests it, Google usually hands over location and search data collected through its smartphone apps. Will that now be used against people seeking abortions in some states?
Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler says a 1998 law prohibits tech companies from collecting data on kids — but only if the companies know the age of their users.
Privacy experts warn that in a world without Roe v. Wade, data from period-tracking apps could potentially be used to penalize anyone seeking an abortion.
“Urban analytics is essentially a discipline that uses data and data science tools to solve urban problems,” said Subhrajit Guhathakurta, professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning.
The company says its Sidewalk system extends the range of low-bandwidth devices by pooling neighbors' networks to improve connectivity. It's all in the customer's interest, Amazon says.
Users will now encounter pop-ups asking whether they want to allow their data to be shared with third parties. That little question could have a big impact on advertising companies like Facebook.
The government had previously said data collected by its widely used app would only be used for contact tracing. The program is seen as a key part of the country's success in managing the coronavirus.
A lawsuit alleging that TikTok collects and sends American users' data to China could cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. TikTok denies the allegations.
In its ruling Thursday, the European Court of Justice found that the agreement known as Privacy Shield fails to adequately protect Europeans' data, largely because of U.S. surveillance programs.