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Vermont Legislature passes one of the strongest data privacy measures in the country

The Democrat-controlled Vermont legislature has passed one of the strongest data privacy measures in the country aimed at cracking down on companies’ use of online personal data, which would let consumers file civil lawsuits against companies that break certain privacy rules.  However, Republican Gov. Phil Scott has concerns about how part of the legislation could […]

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Whistleblower questions delays and mistakes in way EPA used sensor plane after fiery Ohio derailment

Ontario will need 33,200 more nurses and 50,853 more personal support workers by 2032, the government projects — figures it tried to keep secret but were obtained by The Canadian Press. The government recently won a fight in front of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to keep those figures under wraps after denying access to […]

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B.C. cyber attack: Minister says police probing bid to breach government systems

Police are involved in the investigation into a sophisticated attempt to breach protected British Columbia government information systems, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said Thursday. But Farnworth, who is also B.C.’s public safety minister, said there was no evidence the cyberattack succeeded in accessing the information and there had been no ransom demand. “I can tell […]

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California to tap generative AI tools to increase services access, reduce traffic jams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon deploy generative artificial intelligence tools to help reduce traffic jams, make roads safer and provide tax guidance, among other things, under new agreements announced Thursday as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to harness the power of new technologies for public services. The state is partnering with five […]

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US utility pledges more transparency after lack of notice it empowered CEO to make plant decisions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation’s largest public utility on Thursday pledged to be more transparent after it took months to disclose that a general budget vote by its board last year also gave the CEO the final decision over several proposed natural gas power plants. The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board announced the transparency changes […]

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London Drugs president says sorry for cyber breach, no evidence customer data taken

The president of London Drugs has issued a letter apologizing for a cybersecurity incident that forced the company to close stores for more than a week, but he says there’s no evidence customer databases were compromised. The letter from Clint Mahlman says the Richmond, B.C.-based company is still investigating the April 28 incident, and should […]

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Net neutrality restored as FCC votes to regulate internet providers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to restore “net neutrality” rules that prevent broadband internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon from favoring some sites and apps over others. The move effectively reinstates a net neutrality order the commission first issued in 2015 during the Obama administration. In 2017, under then-President […]

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TikTok sues US to block law that could ban the social media platform

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports in an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could lead to an investigation.  The onslaught has led […]

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TikTok sues US to block law that could ban the social media platform

TikTok and its Chinese parent company filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new American law that would ban the popular video-sharing app in the U.S. unless it’s sold to an approved buyer, saying it unfairly singles out the platform and is an unprecedented attack on free speech.  In its lawsuit, ByteDance says the new law […]

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TikTok has sued the US over a law that could ban its app. What’s the legal outlook?

NEW YORK (AP) — A newly minted law forcing TikTok’s parent company to sell the video-sharing platform or face a ban in the U.S. could be in for an uphill battle in court. The app’s China-based owner, ByteDance, filed a lawsuit Tuesday, calling the measure unconstitutional. Critics of the sell-or-be-banned ultimatum argue it violates TikTok […]

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The UK says a huge payroll data breach by a ‘malign actor’ has exposed details of military personnel

LONDON (AP) — The names and bank details of thousands of serving British soldiers, sailors and air force members have been exposed in a data breach by a “malign actor” who may have had state help, defense officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Defense said the breach occurred at a third-party payroll system holding bank […]

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Brad Parscale helped Trump win in 2016 using Facebook ads. Now he’s back, and an AI evangelist

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Maine woman who accused school officials of encouraging her teen’s gender expression by providing a chest binder and using a new name and pronouns, without consulting parents. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy acknowledged his decision that a mother such as Amber Lavigne […]

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