Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

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 redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

Apple redesigns its privacy pages, thumbing its nose at Facebook and Google

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.

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

Google Maps Just Introduced a Stealthy New Feature That Users Will Totally Love. (There's Just 1 Catch)

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.

Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

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.

Breakingviews - Google could buff its browser-privacy blemishes

Breakingviews - Google could buff its browser-privacy blemishes

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 removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

Apple said in a statement that it had began an immediate investigation after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the app and Apple found it had endangered law enforcement and residents.

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

Here's that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y'all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store

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.

Apple isn't too happy about apps that secretly record your phone's screen

Apple isn't too happy about apps that secretly record your phone's screen

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."

Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold

Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold

After demoing the cable for Motherboard at the Def Con hacking conference this summer, MG said "It’s like being able to sit at the keyboard and mouse of the victim but without actually being there.".

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

Androids And iPhones Hacked With Just One WhatsApp Click — And Tibetans Are Under Assault

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.

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings

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.

Algorithms Are People

Algorithms Are People

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.

The News App That's Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

The News App That's Testing a Promising Way to Build In Privacy From the Ground Up

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.

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.

These 4 Gmail alternatives put your privacy first

These 4 Gmail alternatives put your privacy first

Most major free email providers, including Yahoo, scan user emails for ad targeting and data-gathering purposes.And yep, no one likes paying for an email account when the likes of Yahoo and Google offer them for free.

Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

Snoops can bypass iOS 13 lock screen to eyeball your address book. Apple hasn't fix it yet. Valid flaw? You decide

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.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

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.

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

Are Google, Amazon, Apple Smart Speakers Carrying On Secret Surveillance?

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.

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

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.

New Protest Tactics in Hong Kong

New Protest Tactics in Hong Kong

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.

Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

Malicious websites were used to secretly hack into iPhones for years, says Google

Security researchers at Google say they’ve found a number of malicious websites which, when visited, could quietly hack into a victim’s iPhone by exploiting a set of previously undisclosed software flaws.

Apple Gave Uber Access to a Secret Feature that Could Allow it to Record Your Screen

Apple Gave Uber Access to a Secret Feature that Could Allow it to Record Your Screen

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.

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave

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.

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee

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.

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

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.

Is Backdoor Encryption a 4th Amendment Violation?

Is Backdoor Encryption a 4th Amendment Violation?

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.

Google, Mozilla, Apple Block Kazakhstan's Root CA Certificate to Prevent Spying

Google, Mozilla, Apple Block Kazakhstan's Root CA Certificate to Prevent Spying

"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.

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

Apple accidentally reopens security flaw in latest iOS version

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.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

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.

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Two years ago, Apple took a harder line against web trackers by adding a privacy capability in Safari designed to prevent "cross-site" tracking, which is used across the ad industry to learn what sites your computer is visiting.