Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data

Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data

Using a simple script he wrote, Robert demonstrated how he could pull pictures, videos and app names — or even grab a file from the memory card — from another device on the same network.

DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’

DuckDuckGo switches to privacy-focused Apple Maps to ‘set a new standard of trust online’

Screen Cleaner DuckDuckGo shared the news on its blog today : The company said it is excited to be working with Apple to “set a new standard of trust online, and we hope you’ll enjoy this update.” It is also seeking feedback from users to help improve searches.

Shatter Secrets: A proposed solution for cross-border data protection

Shatter Secrets: A proposed solution for cross-border data protection

“Lying to border people never ends well,” said Ian Goldberg, professor at the University of Waterloo’s Cheriton School of Computer Science , speaking to The Daily Swig about his new data project, Shatter Secrets.

Google cracks down on apps that want access to your text and call logs

Google cracks down on apps that want access to your text and call logs

Google is removing apps that collect users' SMS and call log information from its Play store in the coming weeks, it said in a blog post Monday.

Everything guide for the privacy conscious

Calendar syncing Use a self-hosted Next Cloud running with the Calendar app enabled. Note taking Use Standard Notes , end-to-end encrypted syncing with apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android.

Starting Tomorrow, Smartphones Become Thai Driver’s Licenses

Starting Tomorrow, Smartphones Become Thai Driver’s Licenses

Once it’s installed, drivers can register by email and phone number, then scan the QR code on the back of their physical driver’s license. Those holding cards printed before QR codes were added in September 2017 can contact the department to get their e-licenses.

Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality on July 12th

Join the Day of Action for Net Neutrality on July 12th

USE THIS VIDEO BUMPER We made a short video reel that explains why net neutrality matters, and how Internet users can tell the FCC and Congress to protect the open web at all costs through BattleForTheNet.com.

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

Indeed, Los Angeles prosecutors were moved by the news to sue the operators of the Weather Channel app , which is owned by IBM: The operator of the Weather Channel mobile app misled users who agreed to share their location information in exchange for personalized forecasts and alerts, and they instead unwittingly surrendered personal privacy when the company sold their data to third parties, the city attorney, Michael Feuer, said.

Apple AirPods: Earphones Live Listen feature allows you to eavesdrop

Apple AirPods: Earphones Live Listen feature allows you to eavesdrop

A newly discovered feature with Apple Airpods allows users to users to listen into conversation from the next room. so you leave your phone anywhere with live listen on, and you can hear everything on your AirPods !

I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)

I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)

I now know, thanks to their moral leadership on this issue, that it’s perfectly fine for people working to protect human rights and democracy to take millions and billions from companies like Google and Facebook and to partner with them.

New WhatsApp bug may have been discovered, exposes message history in plain text

New WhatsApp bug may have been discovered, exposes message history in plain text

Well, it all started with a Tweet from an Amazon employee Abby Fuller today wherein they said after they popped in their new SIM into a new phone, and logged into WhatsApp, they could see the message history associated with the WhatsApp account of the previous owner of the number.

The Internet Is A Privacy Disaster. But We Still Don't Know How To Talk About It.

The Internet Is A Privacy Disaster. But We Still Don't Know How To Talk About It.

One of the most shocking claims revolved around Facebook partner contracts that allegedly allowed Netflix and Spotify to “ read, write, and delete users’ private messages .” This raucous parade of privacy missteps has stoked a growing collective outrage about tech companies playing fast and loose with personal information we have assumed they would properly secure and protect from misuse.

Privacy and elementary OS

Privacy and elementary OS

Some people coming from this world of vacuuming up data ask us: how does elementary know what features to develop, which areas to focus on, how many daily active users we have? Is elementary against responsible, privacy-first collection of useful data?

Delete this app now, it is selling your data

Delete this app now, it is selling your data

Advertisement The Weather Channel app is being taken to court in Los Angeles for inappropriate data use The lawsuit is based on what the State of California calls incomplete permissions requests.

Apple App Store games found to be communicating with malware

Apple App Store games found to be communicating with malware

The researchers said the iPhone apps were loaded with ads, which could have duped users into tapping a link and granting permission for malware installed outside the App Store.

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

In an interview in December of last year, Shwartz told Motherboard that exploits for messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Signal, which are end-to-end encrypted and thus make it hard for hackers or spies to intercept messages, can go for $1 million or even up to $4 million depending on the circumstances and how urgently the government needs to hack their target.

Understanding differential privacy and why it matters for digital rights

Understanding differential privacy and why it matters for digital rights

In a three-part series, we’ll describe the way private companies, like Apple, both properly and improperly use differential privacy tools. In a globally private system, one trusted party, whom we’ll call the curator — like Alice, above — has access to raw, private data from lots of different people.

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

ERISED A project to only see what you want to see. This is a project with the goal of blocking unwanted ads, trackers, etc across an entire operating system (web and apps). Note: This currently deploys the Caddy container using a Caddy install using a Personal License.

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

Vizio Privacy Settlement Moves Forward

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a class-action settlement requiring smart tv manufacturer Vizio to pay $17 million for allegedly violating users' privacy.

Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy

Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy

The app will then perform the tracking by sending a request to the courier’s API or website as specified by the instruction it received from the server, sending the results to the app’s server so it can display them to the user who’s actually registered that package for tracking.

Apple's iPhone privacy billboard is a clever CES troll, but it's also inaccurate

Apple's iPhone privacy billboard is a clever CES troll, but it's also inaccurate

Sure, Apple may be able to claim that its iOS store is more secure than Google’s Play Store when it comes to malware, but we still hear about the occasional iOS app that’s outed for misappropriating iPhone users’ data .

State of mobile operating systems privacy in early 2019

State of mobile operating systems privacy in early 2019

Device IDs and targeting options Starting with the basics we have to take a look at how can advertisers, marketing platforms and app developers identify and target the users or their devices.

Apple has a huge privacy ad at CES 2019

Apple has a huge privacy ad at CES 2019

Apple posted a huge advertisement on the side of a hotel that overlooks the Las Vegas Convention Center, where rivals Google and Amazon are set to have a huge presence at this year's CES.

“Change Encryption Laws Or We'll Pay Zero Tax Elsewhere" Says Tech Giants — The Betoota Advocate

“Change Encryption Laws Or We'll Pay Zero Tax Elsewhere" Says Tech Giants — The Betoota Advocate

LOUIS BURKE | Culture | CONTACT Multinational tech companies are threatening to leave the country after the passing of the Access and Assistance Bill, which could cost the government up to $0 in taxes if they make good on their threat.

Google's new SMS and call permission policy is crippling apps used by millions

Google's new SMS and call permission policy is crippling apps used by millions

This basically kills one of Cerberus heads (SMS commands to recover a lost/stolen phone which is not connected to the internet) and other main features like — Cerberus (@cerberusapp) The Play Console support page for the applicable set of permissions notifies developers that they can submit what is effectively an application for an exemption, categories for which are listed on the same page.

App Analysis: Air Canada

App Analysis: Air Canada

Air Canada screenshots showing both passwords and credit card information Transparent black boxes By attempting to implement the black boxes, Air Canada implicitly acknowledges that various fields within their app will contain sensitive data and that this data should not be captured in screenshots.

Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw Has Folks Worried About Passwords

Ring Video Doorbell Security Flaw Has Folks Worried About Passwords

As per a new report from The Information , a major security flaw in popular video doorbells from Ring, the company recently acquired by Amazon for $1 billion, does not require users to re-log into the doorbell app when a password has been changed.

Facebook tracks Android users even if they don't have a Facebook account, study reveals

Facebook tracks Android users even if they don't have a Facebook account, study reveals

"Since receiving your letter, we released an update to our app as a priority which will stop the transmission of data via the Facebook SDK," the firm told Privacy International.

LA Is Suing The Weather Channel App For Selling Users' Location Data

LA Is Suing The Weather Channel App For Selling Users' Location Data

The suit alleges that the app "covertly mines the private data of its users, and then it sends that information to third parties, like advertisers and others," Feuer said.

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

Bug-hunter Florian Kunushevci today told The Register the security flaw, which has been reported to Microsoft, allows the person in possession of someone's phone to receive a Skype call, answer it without unlocking the handset, and then view photos, look up contacts, send a message, and open the browser by tapping links in a sent message, all without ever unlocking the phone.

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