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.

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Is Alexa Spying on Us? Can we protect us from Alexa

Yes and No. I mean on the one hand they’re very empowering and seductive but on the other hand Alexa is a double agent while working for us she’s actually more working for Amazon.

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.

Apple Issues New Warning For Millions Of iPhone Users [Updated]

Apple Issues New Warning For Millions Of iPhone Users [Updated]

AppleThe admission, issued to TechCrunch, follows research published by security specialist Brian Krebs which reveals Apple’s new iPhone 11 range are seeking information about their location even when users have specifically changed the phone’s privacy settings to stop this from happening.

Google Begins Testing Extension Manifest V3 in Chrome Canary

Google Begins Testing Extension Manifest V3 in Chrome Canary

Google has begun testing their upcoming extension manifest V3 in the the latest Chrome Canary build, and with this initial 'alpha' release, developers can begin testing their extensions under the upcoming specification.Error when using unsupported APIs If you switch the extension to use a service_worker instead then the extension loads properly into Google Chrome.

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

IOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps

VoIP services ostensibly stay running in the background so they can connect calls quickly, but they also lets those apps collect information about what users are doing on their devices.

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

The product, called the Juul C1, pairs with an Android-only app via Bluetooth and has been launched in the UK after a trial in Canada, as reported by The Financial Times.

No Sweat Tech: 9 Easy Ways to Create an Avatar

No Sweat Tech: 9 Easy Ways to Create an Avatar

Start by specifying whether you want to build a male or female avatar, and you’ll get basic options for face, eyes, hair, and clothes, with some subcategories of options for things like glasses, eye shape, nose, eyebrows, etc.

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Google Assistant's human workers listen to customer conversations

Its user terms confirm recordings may be used by the company, stating Assistant "records your voice and audio on Google services to improve speech recognition.". Google's terms don't explicitly say that people review the recordings, but do state that data could be analyzed as the company updates services or create new features.

IOS 13 cracks down on location permission settings

IOS 13 cracks down on location permission settings

As you can see in the screenshots above, iOS 13 presents popup notifications when an app is using your location in the background. Ideally, the new pop-up reminder notifications with map will make users more aware of how often apps are tracking them in the background.

Huawei Mediapad M5 found to be snooping on en...

Huawei Mediapad M5 found to be snooping on en...

The engineer said that most of the software pre-installed on his Huawei device is sending data to an organization in China called Shanghai Dnion Information Technology Co, Ltd, which is located at Rm.531, Floor 5, North Third Ring Road, No.27, Shangfang Building, Beijing.

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

On April 12, Media Alliance and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a request for investigation into possible misuse of the CLETS database and a request that the agency cease all similar background checks on journalists and advocates engaged in oversight roles.

Android Q privacy change: User control over app access to device location

Android Q privacy change: User control over app access to device location

ActivityCompat.requestPermissions(this, new String[] { Manifest.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION}, YOUR_PERMISSION_REQUEST_CODE); } Periodic checks of user's location Your app might have a use case that requires access to the user's location all the time.

Instagram is listening to you

Instagram is listening to you

At some point I was talking with my cousin (in spanish) about a product I would like to buy: a micro projector connected in Bluetooth to share videos on a wall from my phone.

Browser extensions could be spying on you, and that is not their fault

Browser extensions could be spying on you, and that is not their fault

Since most of the extensions were installed without carefully looking into requested permissions, there is a good chance that you don’t remember what exactly some of your extensions doing. You can install it by following the link: Augeas: Clean browser from spying extensions - Chrome Web Store Why another extension?

How to Stop Facebook App From Tracking Your Location In the Background

How to Stop Facebook App From Tracking Your Location In the Background

"For people who previously chose to turn their Location History setting 'on,' the new background location setting is 'on.' For people who had turned Location History 'off' – or never turned it on in the first place – the new background location setting is 'off.'" With this update, Facebook gives users a dedicated way to choose whether or not to share their location when they are not using the social media app.

Tor traffic from individual Android apps detected with 97 percent accuracy

Tor traffic from individual Android apps detected with 97 percent accuracy

Image: ZDNet, Tor Project Italian academics say they've developed an algorithm that can detect the patterns of Android app activity inside Tor traffic with an accuracy of 97 percent.

Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype

Microsoft brings AI-powered background blurring to Skype

Microsoft has not indicated when, or if, background blurring will come to the mobile version of Skype, but for now desktop users can activate the feature within Skype's settings, or from within individual video calls.

Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge

Google News app bug is using up gigabytes of background data without users’ knowledge

Some users of Google News for Android are reporting that the app has used up excessive amounts of background data, leading to overage charges. In some extreme cases, the Google News app used up to 24GB of data, leading to overage charges of up to $385, users reported.

The Privacy Conscious Android Setup

The Privacy Conscious Android Setup

Firefox – Backup browser only when I need all my bookmarks and use sites that require a password. – An alternative to Brave as a daily browser and has user activity tracking disabled by default that Firefox Focus includes but lacks ad and tracker blocking features like Brave.

How to stop Chrome running in the background

How to stop Chrome running in the background

Disable Google Chrome from Running in Background Open Google Chrome Browser . . Click on Advanced (as shown in the image below). Under System option, turn off this option “ Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed “.