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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.

Why it’s taking so long to encrypt Facebook Messenger

The FTC is pushing for changes to how Big Tech handles data

Facebook begins testing default end-to-end encryption on Messenger

WhatsApp’s new update makes it easier to avoid your friends

Snapchat to let parents see who their kids are chatting with in app

DuckDuckGo browser’s stricter privacy protection will also apply to Microsoft scripts now

The Most Surveilled Place in America

In the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Border Patrol spent billions on high-tech surveillance. All the drones, cameras, and manpower do little to deter migrants from trying to cross the border — it only makes the journey deadlier.

What does Tim Hortons think your data is worth? A coffee and donut, apparently

Samsung has a new feature that will hide your pics during a phone repair

NJ police used baby DNA to investigate crimes, lawsuit claims

Google’s new Play Store rules target annoying ads and copycat crypto apps

Google delays blocking third-party cookies again, now targeting late 2024

Instagram is making almost all videos Reels and will show them to way more people

Feds are tracking phone locations with data bought from brokers

Lawmakers push FTC to clean up the VPN industry

FTC says it will crack down on medical and location data sharing after abortion privacy concerns

President Biden signs order on abortion care and patient privacy

How to delete your Instagram account

Google will start auto-deleting abortion clinic visits from user location history

Powerful keyword warrants face new challenge in deadly arson case

On a post-Roe v. Wade internet, unvetted abortion support is going viral

What to consider before you DM someone about their spare room

Biden to call on FTC to protect abortion seekers’ data privacy

Unsettled: the Afghan refugee crisis collides with the American housing disaster

The Afghan refugee crisis collides with the American housing disaster

Homeland: a special series from The Verge

A special series exploring two decades of American life under the Department of Homeland Security

The biggest privacy risks in post-Roe America

Our best advice for staying safe while you’re seeking abortion care

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade

Talk therapy apps face new questions about data collection from senators

Warren proposes sweeping ban on location and health data sales

Congress might finally have a deal on data privacy

Firefox boosts privacy by giving ‘total cookie protection’ to all users by default

Firefox and Chrome are squaring off over ad-blocker extensions

Your iPhone’s hidden photos are getting extra protection in iOS 16