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Google and its YouTube subsidiary will pay $170 million to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children without their parents' consent, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

Tech Tuesday: Data Security And Privacy

Aug 27, 2019
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Facebook has long collected outside data on its users, using it to monetize the social media site with targeted ads. That’s why, for example, an ad for camping equipment pops up on an individual’s Facebook page after he or she has shopped online for a backpack.

Facebook is changing that protocol by rolling out a tool that enables users to anonymize their data. 

Ireland, South Korea and Spain are the first countries with access to the tool. Others will follow suit in the coming months. 

Tech Tuesday: Equixfax Data Breach

Aug 6, 2019
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The credit bureau Equifax has agreed to pay up to $650 million to resolve its major data breach from 2017 that exposed the personal information of around 147 million Americans.

The breach exposed dates of birth, social security numbers, addresses, and more sensitive information to hackers. Individual victims can claim as much as $20,000 in compensation if they prove they were harmed.

Today on All Sides, the Equifax data breach, how Al could curb youth suicide, and more. 

Tech Tuesday: Election Security

Jul 30, 2019
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Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states during the 2016 election, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The report didn't conclude that any votes were changed because of these attempts. But the committee did find what they called, "an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastucture" looking for vulnerabilities.

Today on All Sides, election security, data anonymization, and more.

Tech Tuesday: Hologram Performances

Jun 18, 2019

It was recently announced that a hologram Whitney Huston will go on tour soon, seven years after her death. 

The announcement sparked controversy among fans, some excited to see their favorite singer perform again and others who think it's disrespectful to an artist who should be allowed to rest.

Today on Tech Tuesday, the ethics of posthumous performances and more.

Tech Tuesday: Amazon Abandons Queens

Feb 19, 2019
Amazon distribution center in Groveport, Ohio.

Amazon canceled its highly anticipated Long Island City, Queens campus after fierce backlash from union leaders, activists and lawmakers.

Activists questioned the incentive package Amazon had been promised and lawmakers in New York followed suit. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, Amazon abandons its Queens, New York headquarters, smart home devices that cull data, and more. 

If you’re like millions of other Americans, when a big event happens –a  shooting, a disease outbreak, a contentious election –you scour the internet to make sense of what’s going on.

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Medical Records are becoming more digitalized, but today we will discuss what that means for the patient and what the benefits and risks of this trend are. Also, how police departments can use big  data to predict and prevent crime. And the latest tech news, from Youtube's original programming to smart shoes that help you track your runs.