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  • What Does It Actually Mean When a Company Says, “We Do Not Sell Your Data”?

    Experts say the privacy promise—ubiquitous in online services and apps—obscures the truth about how companies use personal data By: Alfred Ng You’ve likely run into this claim from tech giants before: “We do not sell your personal data.”  Companies from Facebook to Google to Twitter repeat versions of this statement in their privacy policies, public…

  • Millions of Prequalified Households Are Missing Out on a Crucial Internet Benefit

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit fund was supposed to be widely available, but not everyone is getting the money By: Maddy Varner and Colin Lecher Last week, the Federal Communications Commission trumpeted a milestone in providing internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic: More than five million households had enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program,…

  • The Secret Bias Hidden in Mortgage-Approval Algorithms

    Even accounting for factors lenders said would explain disparities, people of color are denied mortgages at significantly higher rates than White people By: Emmanuel Martinez and Lauren Kirchner The new four-bedroom house in Charlotte, N.C., was Crystal Marie and Eskias McDaniels’s personal American dream, the reason they had moved to this Southern town from pricey…