Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

As part of our efforts to increase the level of security and transparency in our apps and service, Private Internet Access partnered with the ioXt Alliance to test and certify our Android mobile VPN application.

Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

While the risks are still valid and not fixed, the personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users has been posted online on a popular hacker forum, according to a Saturday report from Cyber News.

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Victim of Facebook Data Breach Shares Viral Video of FB 'Following' Him 'All Over' Internet

Businesses and organizations share this information with Facebook to "personalize user experience" by showing relevant ads, introducing users to new products, services and events, according to Facebook's website.

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

‘The current situation is urgent’: In an exclusive interview with the Star, Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why his company is stepping up to protect privacy online

Digital advertisers in France also complained about Apple’s move to the country’s antitrust regulator, which said last month it will allow the feature because it is in line with privacy rules (though the watchdog will continue to investigate whether Apple favours its own services and products).Now, in a Canadian exclusive interview with the Toronto Star, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook talks about the company’s approach to privacy and how that helps set it apart from other big tech players.

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours.

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

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.

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

EU police spy on 70,000 encrypted phones

Police agencies were able to monitor the encrypted communications of about 70,000 people in a second major hack by European law enforcement in the last year.Sky ECC has rejected the claim its app has been unlocked by European agencies and said it was cloned devices running a fake application that were hacked.

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

ACLU warns 'a lot can go wrong' with digital vaccine passports

President Joe Biden's administration is working to establish a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, an administration official said last Sunday .The official said the White House is working with government agencies, tech companies and non-profit organizations to plan and coordinate the effort, which is likely weeks away from being finalized.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple Now Rejecting App Updates That Defy iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency Rules

Apple has begun rejecting app updates that do not comply with the App Tracking Transparency rules that the company is enforcing starting with iOS 14.5, according to a new report from Forbes.

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to have Russian software preinstalled

A new law in Russia requires devices to have Russian software preinstalled.Russia now requires all smart devices — including phones, computers, and TVs — in the country to have Russian software preinstalled, in what some locals have called a "law against Apple.".

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

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.

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

As the following chart shows, Instagram is most likely to share your personal information with third parties for advertising purposes.

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

An interesting article in the Guardian points out that some parole systems are moving on to a more “humane” version of the ankle bracelet to track people, based on smartphone apps.

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

The study found that Instagram collects 79 per cent of its users’ personal data and shares it with third parties, including search history, location, contacts and financial info.“Any information you agree to be gathered by an app when signing up can be analysed for their benefit and even shared.

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple bent its rules for Russia—and other countries will take note

Apple's plan still leaves multiple opportunities for users to remove government-imposed apps, but promoting them during setup will inevitably result in broader distribution of Russia's chosen software.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

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.

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

The survey found that a large majority of people report NEVER checking privacy settings on mobile apps.Age played a major factor, with 72.6% of people under 35 saying they never read mobile app privacy settings.

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

The change is likely related to Apple’s upcoming rollout of iOS 14, which will require developers to get users’ permission to track their data across apps for targeted advertising.Making personalized ads mandatory allows TikTok to target advertising to some extent as more people opt out of cross-app tracking.

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.

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

The China Advertising Association, a government-backed group with approximately 2,000 members, has introduced CAID, a method to identify and track iPhone users in the country, reports the Financial Times.

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date

Tinder and other Match Group-owned apps are going to let their users run background checks on possible dates.Match won’t share its users’ data with Garbo, but users can run a background check so long as they get their date’s last name or phone number, which they likely would want to share anyway if they plan on moving forward with dating.

52% of apps share your data – See the biggest offenders

52% of apps share your data – See the biggest offenders

It should be no shock that social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube collect the most of your information.Top 10 apps that collect data for their benefit: Facebook Instagram Klarna Grubhub Uber Uber Eats eBay Just Eat LinkedIn Twitter Image: pCloud.

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple today updated its privacy website with a new "Labels" section that brings privacy labels for all of Apple's apps together in one place, making it easier for users to learn about how Apple apps handle their personal data.

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile Automatically Opting Customers In to Expanded Data Collection Program for Targeted Ads

T-Mobile is planning to automatically opt its customers into an advertising program that will see user web and mobile app usage shared with advertisers, reports The Wall Street Journal.