Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Whether you are living and working in a high-threat environment or period of civil unrest, worry about being vulnerable to hacking of your financial data or online profiles, or are simply an advocate for personal privacy and liberty, it’s important to understand the methods by which you are tracked, and by whom, and for what purpose.

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow developers to track how they use other apps, would still be launched.

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

Apple Confirms Commitment to App Tracking Transparency in Letter Condemning Facebook's Data Collection [Updated]

In a statement that seems aimed directly at Facebook's complaint about the impact on small businesses, Apple says that advertising that respects privacy was the standard prior to the growth of the internet.

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

Apple doubles down on upcoming iOS 14 privacy features, slams Facebook for collecting ‘as much data as possible’

In a letter sent to the Ranking Digital Rights organization, Apple’s Jane Horvath, senior director of global privacy, reiterated that the company believes that “privacy is a fundamental human right.” Horvath explains that Apple delayed the App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature in an effort to give developers more time to prepare for the changes.

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

Official Trump 2020 App collected phone numbers from contact lists without consent and could sell that data

It’s worth noting that the official campaign app from President elect Joe Biden – Team Joe and later Vote Joe – also collected IP addresses, location information, and even contact lists; however if the user declined to consent to sharing this information, the app would respect that request as opposed to siphoning the information anyways with invisible code.

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

One source of location data bought by the military is Muslim Pro, a prayer app with more than 98 million downloads worldwide, according to a new report from Vice's Motherboard.Muslim Pro sells location data to a third-party broker called X-Mode, according to Motherboard's report.

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

Financially troubled startup helped power Trump campaign

But after Uber filed suit against Phunware, alleging the software company committed fraud by among other things, allowing ads for the ride-sharing app to show up on porn sites, former employees said the startup looked for new ways to diversify its revenue stream.

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.

Privacy Group Files Legal Complaints in Europe Targeting Apple's Device Identifier Service for Advertisers

Privacy Group Files Legal Complaints in Europe Targeting Apple's Device Identifier Service for Advertisers

Next year, however, Apple will require apps to seek customer consent before the IDFA can be used in iOS 14 to track user behavior and preference across apps and websites for ad targeting purposes.

Apple Responds to macOS Privacy Concerns, Explains Why Apps Were Slow to Launch

Apple Responds to macOS Privacy Concerns, Explains Why Apps Were Slow to Launch

On top of this, Apple says “over the next year we will introduce several changes to our security checks,” specifically: a new encrypted protocol for Developer ID certificate revocation checks strong protections against server failure a new preference for users to opt out of these security protections Apple also gave some further technical information on the situation to iPhone in Canada.

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

The iOS COVID-19 app ecosystem has become a privacy minefield

At WIRED's request, Albright then broke down the dataset further to focus specifically on the 359 apps that handle contact tracing, exposure notification, screening, reporting, workplace monitoring, and COVID-19 information from public health authorities around the globe.

Does Apple really log every app you run? A technical look

Does Apple really log every app you run? A technical look

macOS uses OCSP to make sure that the developer certificate hasn’t been revoked before an app is launched.As Jeff Johnson explains in his tweet above, if macOS cannot reach Apple’s OCSP responder it skips the check and launches the app anyway - it is basically a fail-open behaviour.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

Why you should care about privacy (even if no one else around you does)

They changed all of their passwords, email service, web browser, downloaded Signal, deleted Facebook and SnapChat, went and registered for a PO box, and shredded their credit cards all in the same week and are trying to cold turkey their way into privacy.

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.

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

Abusive surveillance in the name of public health is a widespread problem around the world, new report says

This shows that it is possible to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic without jettisoning privacy protections, although the report notes that even these decentralized, opt-in contact-tracing apps are not risk-free.

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

Mark Zuckerberg claimed Apple's planned privacy protections could hurt small businesses and economic recovery 'in 2021 and beyond'

"Actions planned by platform companies like Apple could have a meaningful negative effect on small businesses and economic recovery in 2021 and beyond," Zuckerberg told investors Thursday during Facebook's Q3 earnings call.

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Starting in early 2021, Apple's operating software will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their advertising identifier, a key number used to deliver targeted ads and check how ad campaigns performed.

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

Cybersecurity researchers over the weekend disclosed new security risks associated with link previews in popular messaging apps that cause the services to leak IP addresses, expose links sent via end-to-end encrypted chats, and even unnecessarily download gigabytes of data stealthily in the background.

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

However, security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have discovered that these link previews can expose user data in both iOS and Android apps.

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

While Mysk and Haj Bakry found that a number of messaging platforms don’t risk link previews at all—including, somewhat ironically, TikTok and WeChat, the main end-to-end encrypted messengers, including WhatsApp and iMessage, generate link previews on the sender-side.

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

Fundraiser by Ian Linkletter : Stand Against Proctorio's SLAPP

If we succeed and this SLAPP suit is dismissed, Proctorio may be ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs.if our application is successful and Proctorio is ordered to pay full indemnity legal costs, the entire proceeds from this campaign will be donated to the BCCLA (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association).

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be.

8 Privacy Features iOS 14 Users Need to Know

8 Privacy Features iOS 14 Users Need to Know

Certain apps will request local network access the first time you launch them after the update.Some apps will try to use your camera or microphone for certain reasons even when they don’t need that access.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

Today, the surveillance cameras of public authorities and the data centers of advertising companies are the big bogeyman, because they create profiles of all people who move around the Internet.

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Some of these affronts to personal freedom like the First Amendment right to say whatever you want are being stripped away from Americans by the exploiting apps for their privacy exposures.

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.

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

A new survey by WhistleOut provides some numbers to back up a growing sentiment: That an app on your smartphone is spying on you right this second while you read this article.

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

States are finally starting to use the Covid-tracking tech Apple and Google built -- here's why

New York and New Jersey both released Covid-19 alert apps this week, bringing the total to 10 states plus Guam which have published apps using technology from the Apple-Google partnership.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 2, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 2, 2020

With real time bidding, Google sends personal data about internet activity to hundreds of advertising companies, and there’s no way to prevent this data from leaking.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.