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Privacy Heroes

From search engines, browsers, and email providers to cloud storage, chat apps, and social media, you’re being exploited and exposed online. To make the Internet a safe place to conduct business, browse the web, and store sensitive data.

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.

Walmart-owned Sam’s Club is opening a cashier-less store in Texas

Walmart-owned Sam’s Club is opening a cashier-less store in Texas

Sam’s Club — the members-only, Walmart-owned retail store — is taking a page from Amazon’s playbook by opening an experimental cashier-less “Sam’s Club Now” store in Texas.

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

Mobile Security: 5 Smart Tactics to Avoid Fake Apps

There are least chances of getting a fake app from official sources such as Google Play or Apple’s App Store. You need to search for the developer to avoid the downloading of a fake app.

Ledger Nano S Limited Edition Review – CryptoLauren

Ledger Nano S Limited Edition Review – CryptoLauren

This company has created software devices specially designed for the safe storage of popular cryptocurrencies. Ledger provides the most robust devices for the secure storage of your cryptocurrency. They have developed a remarkably secure structure, placing themselves at the top of the digital wallet options.

How smart cameras are being used increasingly by retailers

How smart cameras are being used increasingly by retailers

Amazon is trialling a shop in which there are no checkouts: store CCTV cameras detect when shoppers pick up items, and users are billed via an app. Some of these systems are used for security, while others use facial recognition on CCTV footage to track where customers go within a shop.

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Then Google is asked to provide information on all users within those locations at those times, most likely including data on many innocent people.

Google ends controversial practice with its mobile apps in the E.U.

In making their decision, antitrust officials in Europe had said that Google’s practice of tying the apps together could harm competition by giving Google a built-in advantage over new apps struggling to attract an audience.

Walmart patents creepy internet-connected shopping carts that can measure your heart rate

Walmart patents creepy internet-connected shopping carts that can measure your heart rate

The retail giant filed a patent for a internet-connected shopping cart that can measure and track biometric data. From there, it would be able to alert store associates that a customer needs a hand, based on the biometric data they received from the shopping cart handle.

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

"It is noted that the biometric data and the cart movement data collected during the use of the shopping cart is not tied or otherwise linked to the identity of the individual customer," the company said in its patent application.

‎Bitwarden Password Manager

‎Bitwarden Password Manager

Bitwarden is the easiest and safest way to store all of your logins and passwords while conveniently keeping them synced between all of your devices. Bitwarden stores all of your logins in an encrypted vault that syncs across all of your devices.

How Android App Bundles and Dynamic Delivery will change the way your phone gets its software

How Android App Bundles and Dynamic Delivery will change the way your phone gets its software

Bundles give devs an option that could involve less work to publish their apps, and users get to enjoy the same kind of reduced APK file sizes they do with multiple APKs. But this is just the start, and beyond the base APK and its affiliated configuration APKs, apps will soon also be able to include any number of dynamic feature APKs.

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Face Recognition Principles are a Step Forward But Congress Needs to Act

Despite the intrinsic sensitivity of such personal data, there are no firm rules governing the use of facial recognition technologies (FRTs), and notwithstanding efforts by CDT and others, there are no federal laws regulating the collection, retention, and sharing of biometric information.

Apple Using a 'Device Trust Score' to Identify and Prevent Fraud on iTunes and App Stores

Apple Using a 'Device Trust Score' to Identify and Prevent Fraud on iTunes and App Stores

To help identify and prevent fraud, information about how you use your device, including the approximate number of phone calls or emails you send and receive, will be used to compute a device trust score when you attempt a purchase.

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

On Tuesday evening, New Mexico’s attorney general filed a lawsuit claiming that the maker of Fun Kid Racing had violated a federal children’s privacy law through dozens of Android apps that shared children’s data.

App Stores Can’t Protect You From Apps Abusing Your Data

App Stores Can’t Protect You From Apps Abusing Your Data

There’s your protection: Apple requires the app tell you what it’s doing in fine print almost no humans on the planet will ever read. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other companies running app stores don’t necessarily have your back when it comes to your data.

Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Popular Mac apps caught stealing and sharing users’ browser history

Update: We got in contact with Trend Micro , and the company has provided the following statement: "Trend Micro is aware of a recent scrutiny of some of our consumer applications, including our Dr. Cleaner, a cleanup app that offers Memory Optimization, Disk Cleaning and System Monitoring, and Dr. Antivirus, an antivirus app that protects Mac users from adware and hijack browsers.

Bad Apple: More Mac Apps Have Been Stealing User Data

Bad Apple: More Mac Apps Have Been Stealing User Data

News broke last week that Adware Doctor, an ad-blocker sold in the Mac App Store, quietly stole its users' browser histories and sent them to a server in China. These problems raise serious questions about the security of software downloaded from the Mac App Store.

Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history

Additional Mac App Store apps caught stealing and uploading browser history

It looks like we’re seeing a trend of Mac App Store apps that convince users to give them access to their home directory with some promise such as virus scanning or cleaning up caches, when the true reason behind it is to gather user data – especially browsing history – and upload it to their analytics servers.

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

This app promises to “keep your Mac safe” and “get rid of annoying pop-up ads” — and even “discover and remove threats on your Mac.” But what the app won’t tell you is that for just a few bucks it’ll steal and download your browser history — including all the sites you’ve searched for or accessed — to servers in China run by the app’s makers.

No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server

No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server

Adware Doctor, the number one paid utility in the Mac App Store, is secretly logging the browser history of users, and sending it to a server in China.

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google, Mastercard have ‘secret partnership’ to track in-store transactions: report - National

Google and Mastercard have had a secret partnership for the past year in which the credit card company has shared U.S. transaction data with the tech giant, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

Google is able to track your offline purchases thanks to a secret deal with Mastercard

When the Store Sales Measurement service was announced last year, Google said that it would have access to "approximately 70 percent" of US cards; Mastercard does not hold such a share of the card market, meaning information must also be coming from elsewhere.

New App Store rules will require all apps to have a privacy policy

New App Store rules will require all apps to have a privacy policy

In an announcement to developers through App Store Connect last night, Apple is requiring that all new apps and updates include a link to their developer’s privacy policy in the app metadata.

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

Google, Mastercard allegedly had an ad-vantageous tracking deal

According to the site’s sources, Google paid Mastercard for credit card transaction data. Naturally, privacy advocates will go nuts over this report, especially since it involves Google as well as one of the world’s largest credit card companies.

Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger's creepy new clothes know how much you wear them

Track-suits: Tommy Hilfiger's creepy new clothes know how much you wear them

Their new line, Tommy Jeans Xplore, will contain smart-chip technology that will track how often customers wear the clothes. Tommy Jeans will offer rewards and experiences, including gig tickets and gift certificates, to people that wear their clothes often enough (presumably some rewards will be even more wear-tracking items).

At Apple’s request, Facebook is removing its spyware-like Onavo VPN app from the App Store

At Apple’s request, Facebook is removing its spyware-like Onavo VPN app from the App Store

The report explains that apple informed Facebook earlier this month that Onavo Protect violated new App Store Guidelines. Apple introduced new privacy rules as part of its App Store Guidelines back in June that specifically aim to limit collection of data by app developers.