FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

FaceApp denies storing users' photographs without permission

People who upload their image to the app transfer the picture to a server controlled by the developer, with the photograph processing done remotely, rather than on their phone.

Google Confirms Timeline For Controversial Ad Blocking Plans

Google Confirms Timeline For Controversial Ad Blocking Plans

Chromium developer advocate Simeon Vincent confirmed that the first preview would be available for the Google developer Canary channel in late July or start of August. Microsoft is currently asking users whether they want built in ad blockers, while Brave has already said it won’t be taking on the Manifest V3 changes.

Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records compiled from multiple dating apps

Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records compiled from multiple dating apps

Tens of millions of records about users of different dating apps have been discovered in a single database that doesn’t include any password protection, according to new research findings.

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Though it doesn’t often come up and is confusing to think through, almost every app on your phone is full of third-party advertising intermediaries — at a minimum, ad software owned by Facebook or Twitter or Google, but often a couple dozen other companies you haven’t even heard of, as well.

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

I've been reminded of this ancient history a lot in the last year or two as I’ve looked at news around abuse and ‘hostile state activity’ on Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms, because much like the Microsoft macro viruses, the ‘bad actors’ on Facebook did things that were in the manual.

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

The Challenges Facing Privacy Apps

Using software that is open source is a critical piece of the puzzle, because this allows peer review to verify that the developer isn’t collecting unnecessary data to make the app or service work, and that the developers have considered all of the external privacy threats.

Avoiding consumer lock-in with the decentralised web

Avoiding consumer lock-in with the decentralised web

Because Weavemail lives on Arweave’s permaweb, you can be confident that as long as you know the address of this transaction, and there is an available Arweave node to serve it to you, your access to this mail client as it currently exists simply cannot be denied, or changed.

A Pod world: How you’d trade your data for services over a decentralized internet

A Pod world: How you’d trade your data for services over a decentralized internet

Late last year, open source startup Inrupt built an application based on the Solid standards that enables a more peer-to-peer internet with Personal Online Data Stores (Pods) for everyone.

A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password.

Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code

Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code

Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store, TechCrunch can confirm.

Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps

Apple blocks Facebook from running its internal iOS apps

Apple has shut down Facebook’s ability to distribute internal iOS apps, from early releases of the Facebook app to basic tools like a lunch menu.

Apple Was Slow to Act on FaceTime Bug That Allows Spying on iPhones

Apple Was Slow to Act on FaceTime Bug That Allows Spying on iPhones

On Friday, Apple’s product security team encouraged Ms. Thompson, a lawyer, to set up a developer account to send a formal bug report. The company reacted after a separate developer reported the FaceTime flaw and it was written about on the Apple fan site 9to5mac.com , in an article that went viral.

Quality of Open Source Software: how many eyes are enough?

Quality of Open Source Software: how many eyes are enough?

A possible explanation might be expressed in what’s known as Linus’s Law : “many eyes make any bug shallow.” This ‘mantra’ of the Open Source community suggests that users should not worry about the quality of OSS if enough people look at the code.

Project Alias Prevents Alexa And Google From Eavesdropping On You

Project Alias Prevents Alexa And Google From Eavesdropping On You

There have always been concerns about smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, listening to your private conversations at home or offices, all the time.

2019: The Year of Enigma

2019: The Year of Enigma

If you’re organizing a conference or event this year and would like a member of the Enigma team to speak or present on privacy, secret contracts, or decentralization, we’re interested!

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.

[Thread] dnscrypt-proxy on iOS · Issue #42 · jedisct1/dnscrypt-proxy

[Thread] dnscrypt-proxy on iOS · Issue #42 · jedisct1/dnscrypt-proxy

I’m a dev and I want to spend my time on development, not on fighting with copycats. The mentioned Mike’s OB and many other devs that were making opensource projects for iOS stucked with exactly the same problem.

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.

Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to

Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to

By owning both the most popular browser, Chrome, and some of the most-visited sites on the Web (in particular the namesake search engine, YouTube, and Gmail), Google has on a number of occasions used its might to deploy proprietary tech and put the rest of the industry in the position of having to catch up.

Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute Lund is referring to a recent law passed in Australia that will fine companies that do not comply with government demands for encrypted data up to AUS$10 million.

Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

Facebook admits bug allowed apps to see hidden photos

For two weeks in September, an error in the way Facebook shares photos with third parties meant that apps could see not only photos users had posted on their newsfeed, but also pictures in other parts of the site – on Facebook Stories or Facebook’s Marketplace, for instance.

Half of the Tor Project's funding now comes from the private sector

Half of the Tor Project's funding now comes from the private sector

"In terms of percentages, while 2015 saw 85% of our funding coming from US government sources, 2016 saw the fraction drop to 76%, and in 2017 we're down to 51%," said Roger Dingledine, co-founder of the Tor Project and original developer of the Tor anonymity software.

Project Ara

Project Ara

Google stated that Project Ara was being designed to be utilized by "6 billion people": 1 billion current smartphone users, and 5 billion feature phone users.[9][10] Google intended to sell a starter kit where the bill of materials is US$50 and includes a frame, display, battery, low-end CPU and WiFi.[3]

Facebook’s internal documents show its ruthlessness

Facebook’s internal documents show its ruthlessness

In November 2012, in an email about reciprocity and data value, Zuckerberg talked about how Facebook's goal was to let people "share everything they want." Developers on the site, he said, could build apps to let users do exactly that, but Facebook needed to be wary of them becoming a competitor in the social media space.

Facebook discussed cashing in on user data, emails suggest

Facebook discussed cashing in on user data, emails suggest

staff in 2012 discussed removing restrictions on user data for companies who were able to spend upwards of $250,000 on mobile advertising, before ultimately deciding to apply a uniform policy restricting such access two years later, according to a tranche of internal emails released by the UK parliament.

The Little-Known Ways Ethereum Reveals User Location Data

The Little-Known Ways Ethereum Reveals User Location Data

Taking the example of light clients – the stripped down, low-storage way for ethereum users to access the network – Szilagyi said that there are two kinds of activity on the network that are highly traceable.

Google, Mozilla working on letting web apps edit files despite warning it could be 'abused in terrible ways'

Google, Mozilla working on letting web apps edit files despite warning it could be 'abused in terrible ways'

A group led by Google and Mozilla is working to make it easy to edit files using browser-based web apps but wants advice on how to guard against the "major" security and privacy risks.

Companies Using Push Notifications for Mobile App Uninstall Tracking

Companies Using Push Notifications for Mobile App Uninstall Tracking

Using uninstall tracking based on push notifications well-known companies that provide mobile apps are still able to reach out to consumers in efforts to lure them back – and potentially aim targeted advertising efforts at them – even though they have deleted the application.

Firefox 63.0 Release Information

Firefox 63.0 Release Information

Our Firefox 63.0 release overview provides you with extensive details on changes, improvements, removed features and known issues of the new browser version. Our Firefox 63.0 release overview provides you with extensive details on changes, improvements, removed features and known issues of the new browser version.

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

“As an app developer, I would expect to be able to know how many people have uninstalled an app,” he says. “I would not say that, as an app developer, you have a right to know exactly who installed and uninstalled your app.”

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