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.

Senate confirms Bedoya to FTC, establishing Democratic majority

Google pitches for user trust with expanded privacy controls

ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

Clearview AI agrees to permanent ban on selling facial recognition to private companies

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Twitter Circle is in testing for the tweets you’d rather keep to ‘select people’

Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds

Thomson Reuters commits to human rights assessment of ICE contracts after union investor push

Google’s ad-tracking overhaul continues with first developer preview of Privacy Sandbox on Android

Why we can’t record mobile phone calls — and why we should be able to

Google gives Europe a ‘reject all’ button for tracking cookies after fines from watchdogs

Brave is bypassing Google AMP pages because they’re ‘harmful to users’

DuckDuckGo’s browsers and extensions now protect against AMP tracking

DuckDuckGo’s privacy-centric browser arrives on Mac

Tile’s new ‘Scan & Secure’ feature will let you use its app to find unwanted tracking tags

Ireland fines Meta for bad record-keeping

Twitter is launching a Tor service for more secure and private tweeting

Snapchat turns off public ‘heatmap’ for Ukraine

Biden demands Congress protect kids online in State of the Union address

AirTags are dangerous — here’s how Apple could fix them

Accuracy doesn’t have to trump safety

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

Proctorio subpoenas digital rights group in legal spat with critical student

The IRS will use in the future, but for this tax season, video interviews are here to stay

This journalist’s scare is a reminder that cloud transcription isn’t completely private

With Android privacy sandbox, Google wants to ditch ad tracking but keep the ads

Meta’s Facebook to pay $90 million to settle decade-old privacy lawsuit

Feds are still using to scan your face — and human reviewers can’t keep up

Lawmakers call on feds to drop Clearview AI facial recognition contracts

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IRS will end use of facial recognition after widespread privacy concerns

FBI used geofence warrant in Seattle after BLM protest attack, new documents show

Firefox’s anti-tracking feature adds per-account VPN for more privacy