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SBA Reports Data Breach in Disaster Loan Application Website

NEW YORK — Thousands of small business owners reeling from the aggressive measures taken to halt the spread of the coronavirus may have had their personal information exposed last month on a government website that handles disaster loan applications. The …

Zoom Sued for Allegedly Illegally Disclosing Personal Data

Zoom Video Communications Inc. was sued by a user who claims the popular video-conferencing service is illegally disclosing personal information. The company collects information when users install or open the Zoom application and shares it, without proper notice, to third …

‘Do Not Sell My Info’: U.S. Retailers Rush to Comply with California’s New Privacy Law

WASHINGTON — U.S. retailers including Walmart Inc will add “Do Not Sell My Info” links to their websites and signage in stores starting Jan. 1, allowing California shoppers to understand for the first time what personal and other data the …

Alleged CapitalOne Hacker Barely Bothered to Hide

SEATTLE — The 33-year-old former Amazon software engineer accused of hacking CapitalOne made little attempt to hide her attack. In fact, she effectively publicized it. It’s one of many riddles swirling around Paige Thompson, who goes by the online handle …

Equifax Agrees to Pay $700 Million to Settle U.S. Breach Probe

Equifax Inc. agreed to pay up to $700 million to resolve U.S. federal and state investigations into the 2017 hack that compromised some of the most sensitive information of more than 140 million people. “Companies that profit from personal information …

Marriott Faces $124 Million Fine From U.K. for Data Hacking

The massive hacking of Marriott International Inc. reservation databases could lead to a 99 million-pound ($124 million) fine as the U.K. cracked down on privacy breaches with its second major penalty notice in two days. The cyber attack, which Marriott …

Commentary: Banks Using Outdated Security Questions

Your mother’s maiden name is probably not a secret. Neither, necessarily, is your high school mascot or the size of your car payment. But some banks and brokerages still pretend this is information only you would know, and that could …

Study Reveals Credit Card Data Not so Anonymous

Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included – and this …

3 Ways Your Personal Data is at Risk

Data Privacy Day, recognized each year on January 28, is an international effort focused on protecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day encourages everyone to weigh the benefits and risks of sharing information, understand what their information …

Texas Candidate Calls for Greater Privacy Protections

Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday he supports making it legal to openly carry handguns in public and wants to place stricter limits on state agencies selling personal information from public records. The Texas attorney general promised that …