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Chinese prenatal test kits collecting genetic data abroad under scrutiny for PLA links

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Health authorities in Germany, Slovenia, Estonia, Australia, and Canada are examining prenatal test kits that collect women’s DNA and fetus samples for research afte...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrin...

Dutch data protection authority fines TikTok over privacy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' Data Protection Authority said Thursday it has fined TikTok 750,000 euros ($885,000) for not offering a privacy statement in Dutch, saying many children ...

Netherlands fines TikTok over English-only privacy terms

Netherlands data protection authorities on Thursday said TikTok violated the privacy of young children in the country by failing to offer its information on privacy and data protection in full in Dutc...

WhatsApp targeted in EU consumer complaints over privacy changes

BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's (FB.O) WhatsApp on Monday faced a barrage of complaints by the European Consumer Organisation and others over a privacy policy update, which has prompt...

WhatsApp faces EU consumer complaint over privacy update

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's WhatsApp faces a complaint from European Union consumer groups who say the chat service has been unfairly pressuring users to accept a new privacy update in what it calls a br...

German watchdog bans Facebook from processing Whatsapp data

LONDON (AP) — A German privacy regulator banned Facebook on Tuesday from gathering data on WhatsApp users, citing an update to its privacy policy that breaches stringent European data protection rules...

iPhone found 44 days after being dropped into Sun Moon Lake

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An iPhone belonging to a lucky college student was recently found over a month after it was accidentally dropped into Sun Moon lake. Firefighter Chen Chang-hung (陳長紅) f...

Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in A...

LINE launches privacy center in honor of Data Privacy Day

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — LINE, the number one instant communication app in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand, announced Thursday (Jan. 28) the launch of its new privacy center website to promote data pr...

Iranian users of Signal messaging service say app blocked

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian users of the Signal messaging service said Monday they have lost access to the app on their mobile devices. Users in several neighborhoods in the capital ...

WhatsApp growth slumps as rivals Signal, Telegram rise

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google’s app stores. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, by contrast, is seeing its growth ...

Facebook criticizes Apple privacy policy in newspaper ads

Facebook is again pushing back on new Apple privacy rules for its mobile devices, this time saying in full page newspaper ads that the social media giant is standing up for small businesses. ...

Medical privacy changes would smooth info sharing in crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting on suggestions from hospitals, doctors and patients, U.S. health officials are proposing changes to medical privacy rules that could ease information sharing in crisis situati...

Apple to tighten app privacy, remove apps that don't comply

LONDON (AP) — Apple is stepping up privacy for app users, forcing developers to be more transparent about data collection and warning they could be removed if they don't comply with a new anti-trackin...