App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

image copyrightMind The Gap. image captionThe app sends a notification if you are too close to your colleaguesAlthough many contact-tracing apps have found it hard to accurately detect distances with Bluetooth, Hack Partners says the combination of the technology with audio measuring, gives an accuracy of between 6-8cm.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

The Apple and Google contact tracing API framework was created as a way to let governments develop apps that would do Bluetooth based contact tracing without violating privacy and collecting locations and identifiers in a centralized location.

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

The different European apps use low-energy signals shared by devices with Bluetooth technology to anonymously record whether there are people nearby.Like Britain, France rejected new mobile software for tracing apps jointly developed by United States technology companies Google and Apple.

Tile announces partnership with Intel to track missing PCs

Tile announces partnership with Intel to track missing PCs

If your tracker is out of Bluetooth range, you can ping Tile’s crowd-finding network, which will send you a notification with your laptop’s location whenever it comes close to another Tile device.

SARS-CoV-2 Bluetooth contact tracing apps are a tremendously stupid idea!

SARS-CoV-2 Bluetooth contact tracing apps are a tremendously stupid idea!

Today is when, the SARS-CoV-2 Bluetooth contact tracing app becomes available.Assessment The fundamental flaw of Bluetooth contact tracing is that phones, not people, most certainly not viri are tracked.

Apple and Google create contact tracing API that preserves privacy to fight COVID-19

Apple and Google create contact tracing API that preserves privacy to fight COVID-19

Apple and Google have been working together for the last few months on a not-so-secret project to combat the COVID-19 pandemic which uses LE Bluetooth for contact tracing while still preserving privacy.

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

Lawmakers warn coronavirus contact-tracing is ripe for abusive surveillance

The technology, which Google and Apple plan to launch in mid-May, enables people to have their phone track the Bluetooth signals emitted by the phones of every other person with whom they come in close contact.

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Librem Mini

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Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

If you have no patch available yet or your device is not supported anymore, you can try to mitigate the impact by some generic behavior rules: Only enable Bluetooth if strictly necessary.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Go through all of your apps and turn off location for the ones that don’t need it - or change the setting so they can only get your location while you’re using the app.Don’t let apps access to your Bluetooth unless they really need it.

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Included in re:Invent's attendee badges was a small device acting as a Bluetooth beacon, which allowed AWS to track people as they moved from room to room.AWS confirmed to Motherboard this was the company behind the beacons, and added that attendees could opt-out if they wanted to.

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Bluetooth audio is handled through system settings, is separate from apps, and will continue working for apps that you deny permission for.).Apps that support Google’s Chromecast streaming platform often ask for Bluetooth access as well.

Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App China Can't Block: Usage Up 3685%

Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App China Can't Block: Usage Up 3685%

That's exactly what Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are doing now, thanks to San Fransisco startup Bridgefy's Bluetooth-based messaging app.Rios: Bridgefy is a messaging app that works with or without Internet.

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

The product, called the Juul C1, pairs with an Android-only app via Bluetooth and has been launched in the UK after a trial in Canada, as reported by The Financial Times.

Librem 5 Smartphone - Final Specs Announced – Purism

Librem 5 Smartphone - Final Specs Announced – Purism

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the Librem 5 hardware and specific components included:. 3 Hardware Kill Switches: WiFi / Bluetooth Cellular Baseband Cameras & microphone All 3 off = additionally disable IMU+compass & GNSS, ambient light.

Apple bleee. Everyone knows What Happens on Your iPhone

Apple bleee. Everyone knows What Happens on Your iPhone

If Bluetooth is ON on your Apple device everyone nearby can understand current status of your device, get info about battery, device name, Wi-Fi status, buffer availability, OS version and even get your mobile phone number.

How to test if your Bluetooth devices support BLE Privacy

How to test if your Bluetooth devices support BLE Privacy

Bluetooth devices, like Wi-Fi devices, support a privacy-enhancing technique that periodically randomizes the broadcasted address, which makes it harder to track them as their owners move about in the world.

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

Google can still use Bluetooth to track your Android phone when Bluetooth is turned off

A Quartz investigation found that a user can turn Bluetooth off on their smartphone running Google’s Android software, and the phone will continue to use Bluetooth to collect location-related data and transmit that data to Google.

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.

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Location Services: GPS-only no longer protects your privacy on Android 9 “Pie”, Huawei / Honor 10

Having agreed all this data collection, note that you can still turn off wi-fi scanning and Bluetooth scanning in the advanced settings of Google location services.

Instagram is listening to you

Instagram is listening to you

At some point I was talking with my cousin (in spanish) about a product I would like to buy: a micro projector connected in Bluetooth to share videos on a wall from my phone.

Smart toilet’s bidet hacked via Bluetooth, gives new meaning to ‘backdoor vulnerability’

Smart toilet’s bidet hacked via Bluetooth, gives new meaning to ‘backdoor vulnerability’

The smart toilet is vulnerable via its built-in Bluetooth radio, allowing hackers to remotely open or close the lid, flush the toilet, or, perhaps most perturbingly, activate the built-in bidet function.

Are You Smarter Than Your Jeans? These “Smart” Clothes Have Something To Say About Your Data Privacy

Are You Smarter Than Your Jeans? These “Smart” Clothes Have Something To Say About Your Data Privacy

Now, we’re seeing the technology behind wearables extend into an even bigger arena: “smart” clothes, or clothing products created with sensors woven into the material that gather data and send it to a connected device through Bluetooth.

Google and Apple’s Systems to Track you in Person: What the Media Isn’t Telling You

Google and Apple’s Systems to Track you in Person: What the Media Isn’t Telling You

To facilitate online-offline tracking, Google and Apple developed protocols for communications with mobile devices like smartphones. Google software scans the area around your device for bluetooth beacons (including iBeacons), which can then track you and broadcast messages to your phone.