That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports.

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

Google's Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You've Been

The data Google is turning over to law enforcement is so precise that one deputy police chief said it “shows the whole pattern of life.” It’s collected even when people aren’t making calls or using apps, which means it can be even more detailed than data generated by cell towers.

Google accused of sabotaging Firefox, again

Google accused of sabotaging Firefox, again

According to a former Mozilla executive, it’s something Google has been doing for years: intentionally sabotaging Firefox to increase Chrome’s popularity. "Google Chrome ads started appearing next to Firefox search terms. Each time one of these issues arose, Firefox lost users to Chrome.

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

Google Helps Police Identify Devices Close to Crime Scenes Using Location Data

It's no surprise that law enforcement seeks help from tech companies during criminal investigations, but the use of location history databases like Sensorvault has raised concerns...

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Startpage privacy search engine eclipses Google

Stiftung Warentest, which is Germany’s equivalent to U.S. Consumer Reports, has awarded top honors in an unbiased search engine comparison based on quality of search results, cross-platform usability and privacy. Stiftung Warentest tested the search engines and discovered that Google provided the best search results.

Justiça autoriza quebra de sigilo de quem pesquisou sobre Marielle na internet dias antes do crime

Justiça autoriza quebra de sigilo de quem pesquisou sobre Marielle na internet dias antes do crime

O delegado até então encarregado pela investigação do caso queria o levantamento de todos os computadores ou celulares usados para pesquisar as seguintes palavras no Google, num intervalo de cinco dias até o momento do assassinato: Marielle FrancoVereadora MarielleAgenda vereadora MarielleCasa das Pretas Rua dos Inválidos, 122Rua dos Inválidos A Justiça autorizou a quebra de sigilo no mesmo dia em que a polícia fez o pedido.

Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone

Google’s Infinite Reach – How Google Builds a Profile on Everyone

This article breaks down some of the services that Google uses to build profiles about users, and discusses how these servers threaten the privacy of users without their consent .

Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years

"When I started at Mozilla in 2007 there was no Google Chrome, and most folks we spoke with inside [Google] were Firefox fans," Nightingale recollected in a Twitter thread on Saturday.

Android P Streamlines Location Accuracy Settings

Android P Streamlines Location Accuracy Settings

As of the first developer preview of the new OS build, the "High accuracy" setting is now active when the functionality is turned on, whereas a disabled switch will essentially have the host operate in the old "Device only" mode that only relies on GPS and doesn't use Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

How to Stop Google’s Sensorvault From Sharing Your Location With Law Enforcement

Google gathers that location history data you’ve provided into a database named “Sensorvault,” and law enforcement can query it with a warrant: For years, police detectives have given Google warrants seeking location data tied to specific users’ accounts.

How to Live Without Google and Other Evil Tech Giants

How to Live Without Google and Other Evil Tech Giants

Chapters: Operating Systems Mobile Operating Systems Mobile App Stores Desktop Operating Systems Web Browsing Web Browsers Browser Addons Search Engines Communication Mail Providers Mail Apps Instant Messaging Social Media Localization Video Video Players Video Streaming Movie/TV Streaming Audio Audio Players Music Stores/Streaming Photo More Operating Systems.

From China to the U.S., sensor surveillance gets real

From China to the U.S., sensor surveillance gets real

1) One article details how law enforcement in the U.S. has been making use of a trove of location data assembled by Google, called Sensorvault, that helps find both suspects and witnesses to crime.

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft published a list of services that it replaces or disabled in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge recently.

“Ethics” and Ethics

“Ethics” and Ethics

How should they even understand design ethics when there’s a user research department, an analytics group and, UX team each with a different focus? Philosophical ethics discusses the morality of human action, it doesn’t provide rules to program self-driving cars.

Privacy 2019: Tor, Meek & The Rise And Fall Of Domain Fronting

Privacy 2019: Tor, Meek & The Rise And Fall Of Domain Fronting

This allowed the creation of meek bridge relays on large clouds such as Google App Engine, Amazon CloudFront/EC2 and Microsoft Azure, hiding the actual target hostname behind domains such as , or various static asset CDNs. Domain fronting was nothing short of revolutionary for Tor users in high-risk countries.

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

Google faces surge in police requests for mobile location data

However, people don't necessarily realize that Google keeps the info for an indefinite period, or that the history is detailed enough to provide a picture of street-by-street movements to investigators.

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

How to delete your voice recordings from Google Assistant

It has a recording of my voice — or my wife's — asking Google Assistant everything — such as playing music, turning off the bedroom lights, getting directions. I don't mind if it saves a few commands for the sake of creating a better product.

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices. After receiving a warrant, Google gathers location information from its database, Sensorvault, and sends it to investigators, with each device identified by an anonymous ID code.

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye

In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves.

NoScript extension officially released for Google Chrome

NoScript extension officially released for Google Chrome

Logo: Giorgio Maone // Composition: ZDNet. Starting today, the NoScript Firefox extension, a popular tool for privacy-focused users, is also available for Google Chrome, Giorgio Maone, NoScript's author, has told ZDNet. Hacker group has been hijacking DNS traffic on D-Link routers for three months Why is it so hard for us to pay attention to cybersecurity?

Are You Afraid of Google? BlackBerry Cofounder Jim Balsillie Says You Should Be

Are You Afraid of Google? BlackBerry Cofounder Jim Balsillie Says You Should Be

It’s likely to be a multiyear process, but Balsillie expects it will yield sweeping legislation similar to the EU’s recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation, which gives Europeans unprecedented control over how their personal information is collected and used, including the power to force companies to delete it.

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

Opinion | Tech Companies Say They Care

The statement, which today reads like a quaint artifact of a simpler time, would become the company’s first privacy policy — a gently lawyered explanation of how the company collects and distributes its users’ data and information.

Future Android ‘system updates’ could be initiated from the Google Play Store [APK Insight]

Future Android ‘system updates’ could be initiated from the Google Play Store [APK Insight]

If Google Play is indeed referring to OS updates, the strings — at the very least — suggest that users could initiate downloads and installs for new versions of Android right from the Play Store.

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod speakers According to Apple's security policy, voice recordings lack personally identifiable information and are linked to a random ID number, which is reset every time Siri is switched off.

Google will now let you use your Android phone as a physical security key

Google will now let you use your Android phone as a physical security key

To make your Android phone your security key, you’ll just need to connect your phone through Bluetooth to a Chrome browser to verify logins. Other Android 7 and higher devices can still be used as two-factor authentication methods, but they’ll be required to sign in and tap a button.

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Detailing Google’s ‘News Blacklist’ Show Manual Manipulation Of Special Search Results

“The deceptive_news domain blacklist is going to be used by many search features to filter problematic sites that violate the good neighbor and misrepresentation policies,” the policy document says.

Here's The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

Here's The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

Hill discovered that after only a few hours into her experiment, her various devices had tried to ping Google servers more than 15,000 times. Apparently that number paled in comparison to her "block Amazon challenge" which revealed 293,000 attempted pings to Amazon servers in one short week.

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.

Your Smartphone Apps Are Filled With Trackers You Know Nothing About

Your Smartphone Apps Are Filled With Trackers You Know Nothing About

Both of these SDKs allow Facebook and Google to track users beyond their desktop web browsers and automatically collect information like when you installed the app, each time you opened it, and what you purchased.

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.

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