Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year.
Apple has tried to market its dedication to privacy, comparing itself favorably to competitors that include Amazon ( AMZN ) , ( FB ) and Google ( GOOGL ) , which make money by packaging and selling personal information about the people who use their services.
That said, as big a deal as this was, on Friday, Google Maps announced it's finally started to roll out something more consequential in the long run: Incognito Mode.Back in May, Google had said Incognito Mode would be rolling out on Android first, followed by a version for iPhone.
Update 10/14/19 2:37AM ET: We should clarify that Apple integrated Tencent Safe Browsing into Safari for China users after the WWDC 2017 announcement, and now, it appears that this is being rolled out to non-China devices as well.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Breakingviews) - Google’s browser privacy could use more cover.In August, its engineering director argued blocking cookies, which are text files of data that allow advertisers to target online consumers, would only encourage more opaque tracking techniques like digital fingerprinting.
Apple has banned an app that allows people in Hong Kong to keep track of protests and police activity in the city state, claiming such information is illegal.
According to TechCrunch, Apple is telling developers via e-mail that apps "must request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity."
NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty ImagesHigh-profile Tibetans have seen their Apple iPhones and Android devices targeted by hacks delivered in WhatsApp messages.The latest attacks on the Tibetan community also contained some novel Android spyware, said Citizen Lab researcher Bill Marczak.
The issue of technology-company workers listening and transcribing audio recordings made via smart speakers and virtual assistant apps came to the fore in April, when the Bloomberg news agency reported Amazon, Google and Apple were all involved in the practice.
Amazon admits it takes profitability into account when displaying products, but it denies reworking its search tool to privilege its own products over the competition.In an emailed statement to The Atlantic, an Amazon spokesperson wrote, “The fact is that we have not changed the criteria we use to rank search results to include profitability.
It’s a way to share information about a group and its behaviors while protecting the privacy of individuals within that group by obscuring data that exposes your identity.
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.
Video Apple's very latest version of iOS appears to have the same sort of lock-screen bypass that plagued previous versions of the iThing firmware.
That’s right, under pressure from lawmakers and users, both Google and Apple have added new privacy features to their upcoming mobile operating systems – Android and iOS – that will make it impossible for Facebook to hide its tracking activity.
As reported by the Guardian on July 26: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.
NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJust a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it's been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.
A banner used by a Hong Kong protester.Hong Kong protesters turn to Uber and Pokemon.In late July, Hong Kong protesters returning from a demonstration were attacked by a group of men wearing white shirts.
It’s called an “entitlement,” and nearly all iPhone apps have some version of one—it’s the feature that enables things like your camera and Apple Pay. But Business Insider notes that there are some sensitive entitlements that are only for use by Apple—and one of these appeared in the code for Uber’s app.
Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex.
Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week.
Under the country’s national health program — Live Healthy SG, hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents will soon be able to register to get a free Fitbit Inspire HR.On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.
If the government deems that it should have access to private communication for the sake of national security, it is likely that the same line of thought will then be applied to all tech products.
"When a user in Kazakhstan installs the root certificate provided by their ISP, they are choosing to trust a CA that doesn't have to follow any rules and can issue a certificate for any website to anyone," Mozilla explained in a blog post published today.
Stefan Esser, an iPhone security expert, tweeted an additional warning: “I hope people are aware that with a public jailbreak being available for the latest iOS 12.4 people must be very careful what apps they download from the Apple AppStore.
In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.