Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

Discovered originally by Australian security researcher Chris Moberly, the vulnerability resides in the SSDP engine of the browser that can be exploited by an attacker to target Android smartphones connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the attacker, with Firefox app installed.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.

The Average Person’s Guide to Digital Privacy

The Average Person’s Guide to Digital Privacy

This is the part of the guide where I would ask you to run out and buy a Google Pixel, then turn off the lights, fire up a terminal, and spend a few hours hunched over your computer, figuring out how to install a custom OS like Calyx or Graphene.

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

If you're on iOS and would like to try Telegram Video Calls, you'll have to wait until Apple lets you – or switch to a platform that has more respect for its users and developers, like Android.

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Attorneys for Grindr also claimed user Robert Bergeron's allegations that the app "sold" Google Android users' personal data — including the sexual orientation and exact geolocation of its largely LGBTQ user base — to the "highest bidder" do not amount to concrete harms under New York state consumer protection laws.Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

“Since 2014, the Android App Usage Data API has been used by Google and Android developers who have been authorized by Android OEMs or users to access basic data about app usage—such as how often apps are opened—to analyze and improve services,” a company spokesperson said in an email to The Verge.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

68.3% of iOS and 67.5% of Android users will likely deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in.44.8% of iOS and 47.2% of Android users would potentially allow themselves to be tracked, if app owners were to give them proper reasoning in advance.

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

GitHub - kiwibrowser/src: Source-code used in Kiwi Browser for Android (up to date)

GitHub - kiwibrowser/src: Source-code used in Kiwi Browser for Android (up to date)

To build Kiwi Browser you can directly clone the repository, as we have packed all dependencies already: Install depot_tools in your home directory using git clone and add it to the PATH: export PATH=/path/to/depot_tools:$PATH - This will give you access to one utility called gclient (as in "Google client").

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

The De-Googled Android Fork is Making Good Progress

Therefore, an idea came to mind: why not fork Android, remove all the Google features, even low level, such as connectivity check, DNS…, replace default apps with more virtuous apps, add basic online services, and integrate all this into a consistent form that could be used by Mum and Dad and any people without tech or expert knowledge?

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

The concern surrounding bloatware hinges on the fact they exist without the standard Android security model, with pre-installed apps able to access the microphone, camera, and location by default.The letter calls on Google to allow users to remove pre-installed bloatware, including all related background services.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware

It’s with great frustration that I must write about yet another unremovable pre-installed malicious app found on the UMX U686CL phone: the mobile device’s own Settings app functions as a heavily-obfuscated malware we detect as Android/Trojan.

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Google is buying Fitbit: now what?

Rick Osterloh knows a thing or two about Google mucking up a big consumer electronics acquisition Google, like all tech giants, has bought a lot of companies.

Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone

Facebook wants to manage Wi-Fi on your phone

If the current Wi-Fi connection is considered undesirable, users are given options to send network feedback: “Connection is too slow”, “Network isn’t secure” and/or “Connection drops off”.For now, with this feature turned on, the app will periodically send your geolocation to Facebook’s server to get a list of nearby recommended networks.

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Photo: ShutterstockAccording to a late-September bug report from Google’s Project Zero team, an issue with the popular covert messaging app Signal, on Android, allowed any attacker to essentially eavesdrop on a person’s device (via audio, not video).

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

Buying a cheap smartphone? 7 things you need to know

Academic research on pre-installed apps has concluded that “the supply chain around Android’s open source model lacks transparency” and that this “has facilitated potentially harmful behaviours and backdoored access to sensitive data and services without user consent or awareness”.We think that Google could do more to address the privacy and security concerns with pre-installed apps, for instance by banning pre-installed apps that can’t be deleted, by increasing transparency around the Android certification process and by better enforcing their own rules.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

Android 10: Google Confirms 193 Security Vulnerabilities Need Fixing

It was also time to address a total of 193 Android security vulnerabilities that Google has confirmed need fixing with the Android 10 release.True to her word, a whole host of new security and privacy features are indeed included as part of the Android 10 release.

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

Google Android Adware Warning Issued To 8 Million Play Store Users

The Google Play Store hosted 85 apps ridden with adware, which were downloaded by 8 million users.Today is no different: Security researchers at Trend Micro have revealed that the Google Play Store hosted 85 app ridden with adware.

These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly

These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly

Purism, by contrast, is pursuing Apple-like vertical integration by developing its own operating system, optimizing hardware to run on it, and even launching a group of services under the banner of Librem One. While Purism’s product development approach has similarities to Apple’s, there are some critical differences.

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

Fake PornHub And Google Android Apps Are Actually ‘Russian Spy Tools’

It comes hidden inside fake versions of real apps, including Google Play, Evernote, Skype, encrypted messaging service Signal and PornHub. Looking at the selection of copied apps, Lookout said Monokle was likely targeting English speakers, as well as individuals in the Caucasus regions and people interested in the Ahrar al-Sham militant group in Syria.

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

The security model of modern mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, is primarily based on permissions that explicitly define which sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information an app can access, allowing users decide what apps can access.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.