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Breach affecting 1 million was caught only after hacker maxed out target’s storage

Enlarge Ryan Adams / Flickr The US Federal Trade Commission has sued an IT provider for failing to detect 20 hacking intrusions over a 22-month period, allowing the hacker to access the data for 1 million consumers. The provider only discovered the breach when the hacker maxed out the provider’s storage system. Utah-based InfoTrax Systems …

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How the FCC solves consumer problems—well, it doesn’t, really

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Getty Images | Bloomberg The Federal Communications Commission’s extremely hands-off approach to broadband-customer complaints has alarmed a member of Congress. US Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) wrote a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in August after learning of a Frontier customer who was forced to pay a $10-per-month rental …

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Google will offer checking accounts, says it won’t sell the data

Enlarge / Google logo seen during Google Developer Days (GDD) in Shanghai, China, September 2019. Lyu Liang | VCG | Getty Images The Google empire is enormous and ubiquitous, covering basically the entire Internet in one way or another. There is, however, one lucrative business the company does not yet have a foothold in: banking. …

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Google: You can trust us with the medical data you didn’t know we already had [Updated]

Enlarge Getty Images | Leon Neal Update: The Google/Ascension project is now being investigated by the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Wall Street Journal reported in an update last night. The office said it “will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals’ medical records to …

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EPA still moving to limit science used to support regulations

Enlarge / Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Win McNamee / Getty Former Texas Congressman Lamar Smith may have retired in January, but his ideas still stalk the halls of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The New York Times reported Monday that the latest incarnation of Smith’s quest to change the science the EPA can …

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US violated Constitution by searching phones for no good reason, judge rules

Enlarge / US Customs and Border Protection agents participate in a training exercise at a vehicle entry point along the border with Mexico on November 5, 2018, in Hidalgo, Texas. Getty Images | Andrew Cullen The United States government violated the Fourth Amendment with its suspicionless searches of international travelers’ phones and laptops, a federal …

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Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

Enlarge / Mountain View, Calif. – May 21, 2018: Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. Getty Images / zphotos Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country’s second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of …

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NY regulators investigating Apple Card after viral complaint of sexism

Enlarge / A dashboard built into iOS on iPhones lets you manage your card. Apple Apple launched its own branded MasterCard nationwide in August. In the months since, the digital-first payment system has won some fans for its easy integration into the iPhone and Apple ecosystem, and it more or less seemed to work about …

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Uber CEO downplays Khashoggi murder, then walks back his comments

Enlarge / Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images In an interview for the Axios HBO show, released Monday morning, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi seemed to downplay last year’s death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The CIA concluded that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination. “It’s a serious mistake,” Khosrowshahi said. “We’ve made …

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How Airbnb’s fight to overturn a New Jersey law imploded

Enlarge / A crescent moon rises in the pre-dawn sky over the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on October 25, 2019 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. Gary Hershorn | Getty Images Residents of Jersey City, New Jersey, voted overwhelmingly in favor of strict short-term rental …

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