Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it.

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

Motherboard has also obtained documentation that provides more specifics about how two other popular apps—Cleanfox and Slice—sell products based on users' emails to corporate clients.

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail is transparent about its data collection in its privacy policy, for example, noting that it uses "non-personal data such as seller, product and price extracted from information we collect" to help its Edison Trends business partners "aggregate and understand commerce trends.".

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Whether it's hackers or predators, a cybercriminal can use that information to send you a phishing email, and you can fall for it," said Jo O'Reilly, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy.Report: Dating apps like Grindr, Tinder and OkCupid collect, share your personal data.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

For example, the page dedicated to treatments for depression on French health website Eurekasante contacts an astounding 71 third parties (compared to 36 in our first research) as soon as you open the page.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

What the database contained: 138 Million log records in total.I sent multiple requests to KickBack Apps and PrankDial but no one every replied or acknowledged my discovery, instead they simply closed public access to the logs.

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Every day, thousands of Mexican migrants tell Google about their intent to cross the border into the U.S. Nevertheless, throughout 2019, I ran various experiments, trying to achieve this “one-to-one” ad targeting — the ability to serve just you an ad, and get just your data, disaggregated.

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

The third-party category lists options to block the Chrome Software Reporter Tool, CCleaner monitoring, or Adobe's Acrobat Reader online service while Ninite Apps options to download and install popular applications using Ninite.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

While the Facebook suit isn’t related to personal health data, it’s not hard to imagine that the information collected by period trackers—especially with some employers and health insurers licensing the apps to use as part of corporate wellness programs—could be used in ways that harm women, King says.

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Like iOS, Android 10 also alerts users when an existing app collects location data in the background and provides a shortcut to stop the app from doing so.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

Twitter drops Grindr from ad network over 'GDPR breaches'

“By stating that it does ‘not control the use of these tracking technologies’, and by asking users to read the privacy policies of any third-party companies that may receive personal data, Grindr is attempting to shift accountability for the advertising technologies that it is using away from itself,” the report concluded.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

A new report, called Out of Control: How Consumers Are Exploited by the Online Advertising Industry, published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

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.

Report: Out of control

Report: Out of control

The actors, who are part of what we call the digital marketing and adtech industry, use this information to track us over time and across devices, in order to create comprehensive profiles about individual consumers.

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

Stanford Law’s Jen King on California’s New Privacy Law

In the discussion that follows, Dr. Jennifer King, Director of Privacy at Stanford’s CIS, explains the new law and how far it may go to protect consumer personal data.

Open Contacts  -  F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Open Contacts - F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to write the contents of your shared storage.Allows the app to access the phone features of the device.

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.

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Why Amazon, Google and Apple want to record our assistant interactions

Every person who brings a new Echo speaker from Amazon into their home gets automatically recorded every time they utter the "Alexa" wake word."Users can opt in to help Siri improve by learning from audio samples of their requests," Apple says.

Google really is listening and recording on apps

Google really is listening and recording on apps

When you set up your Google account, it asks you to "opt in" to let Google track your video and audio recordings.Google, we discovered, can record, store and archive your queries when using the apps or even https://t.co/lhIuCc5DLl and voice search.

Wyze camera data leak: How to secure your account right now

Wyze camera data leak: How to secure your account right now

Passwords and payment information weren't included in the exposed database, but to be proactive and ensure user accounts remained private, Wyze signed everyone out and reset all third-party connections to its services, such as Alexa and Google Assistant.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.