Articles by Diane Bartz and David Shepardson

Senators Seek to Address Privacy Concerns Over Tech Firms’ Covid-19 Contact Tracing

A group of Republican U.S. senators said Thursday they would introduce legislation to address consumer privacy concerns surrounding technology companies’ efforts to help build contact tracing apps to fight the new coronavirus outbreak. Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce …

Senate Democrats’ Bill Would Establish Consumer Rights Over Internet Data, Privacy

Democratic senators proposed legislation on Tuesday that would set penalties for online companies like Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. if they mishandle users’ personal data. The measure comes at a time when the luster of the Big Tech platforms, …

Microsoft Vows to Honor California’s Consumer Privacy Law Countrywide

Microsoft Corp. said in a blog post on Monday that it would honor California’s privacy law throughout the United States, expanding the impact of a strict set of rules meant to protect consumers and their data. Microsoft said in the …

California Probing Facebook, Says Social Media Company Stonewalling

California revealed for the first time an 18-month investigation into Facebook Inc.’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant on Wednesday of hampering the probe by failing to turn over emails from Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. The revelation is …

Judge Nixes Antitrust Concerns, Allows CVS Purchase of Aetna

A federal judge reviewing a Justice Department decision to allow U.S. pharmacy chain and benefits manager CVS Health Corp. to merge with health insurer Aetna said on Wednesday that the agreement was in fact legal under antitrust law. Judge Richard …

Facebook Facing $5 Billion FTC Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Data Sharing

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook Inc this week over its investigation into the social media company’s handling of user data, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. The FTC has …

44 States Sue Drug Maker Teva, Alleging Price Fixing Scheme with 19 Other Firms

U.S. states filed a lawsuit accusing Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. of orchestrating a sweeping scheme with 19 other drug companies to inflate drug prices – sometimes by more than 1,000% – and stifle competition for generic drugs, state prosecutors said …

How Much Do Facebook Users Really Care About Privacy?

Facebook Inc. is preparing for a record-setting fine from U.S. regulators over privacy issues, but Wall Street shrugged at the looming penalty after the company added users and trounced profit expectations for the first quarter. It has been just over …

U.S. Asks Court to Approve CVS-Aetna Merger

The U.S. Justice Department formally asked a judge on Monday to approve its deal to allow CVS Health Corp. to merge with insurer Aetna. Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scolded the government …

Safety Board Hearing Probes Fatal Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Explosion

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. Dallas-based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed …