Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

Google is limiting which apps can see everything else you have installed

In case you’re worried that developers could still misuse the permission, Google’s documentation clearly states it will come down hard on offending apps, whether they’re new to the Play Store or just updates to existing apps.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Leith from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, analyzed traffic originating from iOS and Android devices heading to Apple and Google servers at various stages of a phone’s operation, such as data shared: on first startup following a factory reset;when a SIM is inserted/removed;when a handset lies idle;when the settings screen is viewed;when location is enabled/disabled;when the user logs in to the pre-installed app store.

Invasive apps

Invasive apps

By using the new Apple privacy labels featured in the App Store, we identified which apps share the most of your private data with third parties and which gather the most for their own benefits, to find the most invasive overall.

IPhone app privacy: which apps collect the most personal data?

IPhone app privacy: which apps collect the most personal data?

The company examined app privacy labels in the App Store, and compiled a ranking of apps by the percentage of personal data collected, as well as the amount of it passed to third parties.

How to block ad tracking on your iPhone

How to block ad tracking on your iPhone

However, the page goes on to say that contextual data, such as info about your device, its location, your App Store searches, and what you read on Apple News could be collected.

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

As of early December, developers must provide this privacy information before a new or updated app can be made available on the ‌App Store‌.Google updated Gmail with privacy labels just over a week ago, but the app itself was not updated until today.

Barcode Scanner app on Google Play infects 10 million users with one update

Barcode Scanner app on Google Play infects 10 million users with one update

No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.It is hard to tell just how long Barcode Scanner had been in the Google Play store as a legitimate app before it became malicious.

Google’s most popular iPhone apps have gone weeks without mandatory privacy labels or updates

Google’s most popular iPhone apps have gone weeks without mandatory privacy labels or updates

Some of the apps, like Google Authenticator, don’t capture much information, while Google Translate and Classroom have a pretty hefty list of privacy notices.Google promised a while ago that it would start adding privacy labels to its apps on the App Store.

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

Similar to how Age Ratings work on the App Store, developers report their own privacy practices.Is Apple doing enough, or should it be more proactive in checking whether developers are telling the truth about their apps?

Google avoids updating iOS apps as Apple adds privacy labels- 9to5Mac

Google avoids updating iOS apps as Apple adds privacy labels- 9to5Mac

Apple officially rolled out its new App Privacy labels on the App Store last month, requiring developers to provide detailed privacy information about what data is collected from users.

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says

Eva Blum-Dumontet, a senior researcher at Privacy International, who used five apps and then asked what information was held about her using a data subject access request, said reading the findings was “chilling” and “it makes us realise just how much data those apps actually collect, store and sometimes share with others.”.

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

As noted by some users today and now confirmed by 9to5Mac, Facebook is now promoting banners on some of its iOS apps, once again criticizing Apple for the changes in App Store privacy guidelines.

Should we worry about the possibility of police surveillance using autonomous drones with added AI ? Too late: it’s already here

Should we worry about the possibility of police surveillance using autonomous drones with added AI ? Too late: it’s already here

As an article in Vice reports, the local police were less than honest about what they were up to: The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

Baltimore Police Lied About Almost Every Aspect of Its Spy Plane Program

The Baltimore Police Department told the public and a federal appeals court that the surveillance images would only be stored for 45 days, that the planes would only be used for limited tracking of individuals to and from known crime scenes, and that the Aerial Investigation Research (AIR) program couldn’t be used to gather identifying information like license plate numbers.

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi has warned developers to "play by the rules" as they relate to Apple's upcoming anti-tracking policy for iOS 14, or their apps could be removed from the App Store.

That time I accidentally built a spying app

That time I accidentally built a spying app

Jobs went on demoing this amazing invention that, a decade later, would end up changing much more than the mobile phones market: it directly or indirectly impacted our society through mobile web, app stores, changing work-life balance, and social media.

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Far from a theoretical blockchain application that might be of value at some future date, the app, which lets users prove a wide range of personal information, as well as spend bitcoin, ether, a version of the U.S. dollar issued on the ethereum blockchain, and Civic’s own token is available today on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

MacOS Big Sur(veillance) bypasses Firewall/VPN to tell Apple what programs you run on your computer

Namely, the Apple App store and 50 other Apple apps are allowed to bypass user based internet routing rules which means Apple could know your real IP address even when you try to get behind a VPN on MacOS Big Sur. Additionally, this type of exemption can be exploited by malware.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

The app’s function is described on the Play Store as follows: Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers.Sometimes devices from carriers with outstanding balances could be blacklisted from working on the network until the balance of the phone is paid off – the same thing can happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

4) The new iOS 14 update adds fresh privacy features – and gives you a redesigned home screenCredit: Apple That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Those that are dealing with the banning of certain apps like WeChat and TikTok from the app store are being directed towards VPN services as a way to have access to app updates again.

App privacy details on the App Store

App privacy details on the App Store

You’ll need to identify whether each data type is linked to a user’s account, device, or identity by you and/or your third-party partners.You’ll need to understand whether you and/or your third-party partners use data from your app to track users and, if so, which data is used for this purpose.

WPD

WPD

A small but powerful portable tool working via Windows API.WPD is the most convenient and proper way to customize privacy related settings in Windows.Appx uninstaller.Easy remove pre-installed Microsoft Store apps or any other appx.Portable, freeware, no ads, command line arguments support.

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

Part of iOS 14 was a change in the App Store that gives users even more information by way of what Apple calls a privacy summary.

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart grocery shopping on WhatsApp

One of those collaborations may allow users to find local stores around them on WhatsApp, talk to store operators and place orders from within the Facebook-owned instant messaging service, he said last week.“You can browse shops and talk to the shop owner.

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