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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This data-stealing Android malware infiltrated the Google Play Store, infecting users in 196 countries

This data-stealing Android malware infiltrated the Google Play Store, infecting users in 196 countries

Powerful Android malware capable of snooping on user location, communications logs, and stealing files and account credentials has been downloaded by at least 100,000 users around the world after successfully infiltrating the Google Play app store.

Weather Channel app accused of selling users’ personal data

Weather Channel app accused of selling users’ personal data

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, City Attorney Michael Feuer said.

Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data

Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data

The government said the Weather Company, the business behind the app, unfairly manipulated users into turning on location tracking by implying that the information would be used only to localize weather reports.

Facebook Under Fire for Collecting Data From Android Apps

Facebook Under Fire for Collecting Data From Android Apps

Though Facebook updated its SDK to collect data with users’ permission after GDPR took effect, many popular apps are yet to incorporate the new update. Notably, Facebook (including Instagram video ads) is expected to generate $10.2 billion in video ad revenues by 2020, which equates to 87.3% of total market revenues.

Both real and fake Facebook privacy news

Both real and fake Facebook privacy news

As I wrote about this topic last year, I suggested that at the very minimum if you are concerned about your privacy you should at least delete the Facebook Messenger app from your phone and just use the web version.

Privacy International hits out at unconsented Facebook tracking within apps

Privacy International hits out at unconsented Facebook tracking within apps

"Facebook offers analytics and advertising services to app developers, which help them receive aggregated information about how people engage with their apps -- this is a common practice for many companies," Facebook told Privacy International.

See if You're Using These Popular Android Apps That Overshare Info to Facebook

See if You're Using These Popular Android Apps That Overshare Info to Facebook

A recent Privacy International study found that 42.55% of the free apps in Google Play could share data with Facebook, and many popular apps share data with Facebook the second they’re opened. It’s also created detailed reports for all of the apps that transmit data to Facebook immediately when the app is opened.

Research: Some Android apps share your data with Facebook without consent

Research: Some Android apps share your data with Facebook without consent

A worrying number of popular Android apps share user data with Facebook without user consent, new research from Privacy International shows (via Financial Times). In a response to Privacy International, Facebook acknowledged that developers didn't have the option to disable transmission of the "SDK initialized" data before June.

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

The Privacy International campaign group found that at least 20 [apps] send certain data to Facebook in the second that they open in a phone, before [users] can be asked for permission.

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

More popular apps are sending data to Facebook without asking

The concern isn't just that apps are oversharing data, but that they may be violating the EU's GDPR privacy rules by both collecting info without consent and potentially identifying users. Facebook's relevant developer kit didn't provide the option to ask for permission until after GDPR took effect.

How Facebooks Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps

How Facebooks Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps

“Facebook places a legal and contractual obligation on the developer who they see as the data controller to get the consent that it is required from users before sharing data with Facebook by the SDK,” Kaltheuner said.

Taking a Look at MicroG

Taking a Look at MicroG

I found a well-written guide by a user on the XDA Developers forum for those who want MicroG on their non-LineageOS devices. MicroG is a replacement for the proprietary Google Services found on most Android devices.

How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook - Report

How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook - Report

In response to this report, Facebook has stated in an email to Privacy International on 28 December 2018: “Prior to our introduction of the “delay” option, developers had the ability to disable transmission of automatic event logging data, except for a signal that the SDK had been initialized.

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