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Despite opposition from some in its own party, the bill isn’t entirely dead yet - Kolodin, who voted against the bill, motioned to have the bill be reconsidered within the next two weeks for another vote.

A Republican bill that would require Arizonans to submit a government-issued ID to a website operator before accessing pornography online was defeated after some GOP lawmakers said it might be unconstitutional - but that doesn’t mean the measure is completely dead. Read more»

In recent months, some Republican chief election officials had been pressing ERIC to drop the requirement that states reach out to eligible but unregistered voters.

While state officials and much media coverage have focused on concerns about partisanship among ERIC officials, and false conspiracy theories, other state officials also cited ERIC’s voter outreach mandate as an important factor in their decisions to withdraw from the program. Read more»

The bill takes its definition from a section of Arizona law that makes it a crime for Arizona teens and children to send sexually explicit messages on social media and through text message.

A Republican bill would require Arizonans to submit a government-issued ID to a website operator before accessing “sexually explicit material” online, but the bill is written so broadly that critics say it could require the same of major streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Read more»

Google uses persistent identifiers to track individuals' behavior over as much as 80% of the internet to create profiles that are used to provide targeted ads.

Google must face a purported class-action lawsuit by children who claimed they were tracked and profiled for targeted ads without their parents' consent while watching YouTube videos, reversing a previous decision brought under various state laws. Read more»

Research shows that more young Americans are facing mental health struggles, and technology is partly to blame. A new California law requires tech companies to do more to protect the privacy and data of children online. The measure could pave the way for similar laws elsewhere.

California enacted a first in the nation law requiring firms to do more to protect the privacy and data of children online following recent reports about the mental health impact of social media platforms on teen well-being. Read more»

Under the settlement, Google and Arizona agree the deal does not amount to admissions of wrongdoing or violations of the law on Google's part.

One of the largest consumer fraud lawsuits in Arizona history - begun after it was revealed how Google deceived internet users about data collection practices and use of location data - came to an end Tuesday with Google settling with the state AG for a historic $85 million. Read more»

Travelers wait at the Morley Pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Sonora for entrance into the U.S. in November 2021.

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection faces sharp questions following revelations over the summer that the agency is building a massive database from electronic devices seized at the nation's airports and border crossings—adding text messages, call logs, photos and other sensitive data from as many as 10,000 devices per year. Read more»

Where you’ve been and who you’ve interacted with are not difficult for governments and corporations to find out.

The FTC filed suit against Kochava Inc., accusing the data broker of selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices - an issue as numerous state laws criminalizing abortion have thrust the perilous state of personal privacy into the spotlight. Read more»

Local governments are finding that cyber insurance costs have jumped, as have the requirements they must meet to get a policy.

Across the United States, many local governments and states — as well as private companies — are discovering their cyber insurance premiums have skyrocketed and that they must meet stricter guidelines if they want to get coverage or renew their policies. Read more»

An examination room in Alamo Women’s Reproductive Services in San Antonio on June 14, 2022.

Despite fears of unconstitutional legal gambits and Big Brother-style tracking, reproductive justice lawyers say they are focused on educating people about what they can do to protect themselves right now — with the rights they still have available to them. Read more»

In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against the petitioners in a case involving a presumptive First Amendment right where juror names remained anonymous during and after the trial. Read more»

ICE has a "dragnet surveillance system," allowing the agency to pull up dossiers on most people in the U.S., according to a report by privacy advocates. Read more»

Women who use period-tracking apps should be aware of the risk of using the technology while considering the benefit it brings to their life.

After a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating that Roe v. Wade would be overturned, people were expressing concerns about the privacy of period-tracking app information - now, experts answer questions on data access and usage. Read more»

Arizona is the first state to allow driver’s licenses to be placed in Apple’s digital wallet, but digital rights activists are concerned about what it could mean for the future of privacy. Read more»

Sen. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as a police officer, is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred - though Arizona already has privacy exemptions to the public record law. Read more»

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