>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found.

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

These maps use phone data to track social distancing - The Washington…

The Washington Post reported last week that the U.S. government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other tech companies about using anonymous location data to combat the coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping at safe distances from one another.

Document --fingerprinting-client-rects-noise and change explanation · Eloston/ungoogled-chromium@7cb9c1c

Document --fingerprinting-client-rects-noise and change explanation · Eloston/[email protected]

`--enable-stacked-tab-strip` is also configurable in `chrome://flags` Please note that they are not well tested, so proceed with caution.* `--set-ipv6-probe-false` - (Not in `chrome://flags`) Forces the result of the browser's IPv6 probing (i.e. IPv6 connectivity test) to be unsuccessful.

Jordan uses internet throttling instead of internet shutdowns and blocks to censor websites

Jordan uses internet throttling instead of internet shutdowns and blocks to censor websites

In an interview with Netzpolitik, Access Now employee Berhan Taye explained that internet throttling is a new method that governments are using as part of their censorship toolkit – and explained why a government like Jordan might prefer internet throttling to straight up internet blocking:.

Smart home developers raise concerns about Alexa and Google Assistant security

Smart home developers raise concerns about Alexa and Google Assistant security

"[Status update] data gives platforms [like Google and Amazon] a privileged position that no one manufacturer enjoys," said Brad Russell, the Research Director of smart home devices at research firm Parks Associates Inc. Tyler Lizenby/CNET While Amazon says it doesn't sell the data it gathers to third parties or uses it for targeted advertising, that data is still of tremendous value to the company.

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Health apps can change their terms of service without users’ knowledge

Roberts and Hawkins recently wrote an op-ed in the journal Science encouraging Congress to require companies to allow people to opt in (or out) of major changes to terms of service on health apps.

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

40 groups have called for a US moratorium on facial recognition technology

The news: US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president.

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Privacy guide for MyAnalytics users

Note that these insights are derived from data that is already available to you in the following places: your Exchange Online mailbox your activity in OneDrive and SharePoint documents your chat and call history from Teams and from Skype for Business MyAnalytics simply applies some basic calculations and rules to make this data more actionable.

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo is Now a Default Search Engine Option on Android in the EU

DuckDuckGo will soon be offered as an option for default search engine on Android devices across the EU.European regulators are forcing Google to present Android users with the option to choose their own default search engine.

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.

Cutting the Wire

Cutting the Wire

A previous version of the policy (July 18, 2017) stated it would only share user data when required by law.This change doesn’t leave the user with much confidence as to when the company may share your data.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Google suspends GMS licenses to all new models for the Turkish market

Google suspends GMS licenses to all new models for the Turkish market

The regulator announced the preliminary results of another investigation, saying that Google has abused its dominant position in search and advertising to push its services at the expense of local competition.

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

Switzerland grants 18 more countries access to bank details

In return, Switzerland will receive information on banking details of accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in these partner countries.In return, it received information on banking details of around 2.4 million accounts held by Swiss citizens/residents in 75 partner countries.

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

FBI warns that smart TV you just bought may be spying on you

In addition to outlining how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers, the bureau says malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners.

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

Startpage replies to questions about ownership change

The change raised fears and questions, especially since Startpage or System1/Privacy One Group Ltd provided little information about specifics off the deal.Startpage published an article on its site recently that attempts to answer some of these questions and reassure users of the service that the deal has no privacy implications.

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

Google's extremely popular video platform, sentenced in the United States for violating the law on the tracking of children for advertising purposes, has negotiated a four-month period before changing the rules.

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google’s silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins

Google confirmed the testing and rollout of this feature in a statement to The Verge, and apologized for the issues:.

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

That’s not all: On June 30th, ICANN, the non-profit that oversees all domain names on the internet, agreed to remove price caps on rates for .org domain names — which were previously pretty cheap.

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.

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook political ads policy after Twitter ban

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tore into those arguments with the series of tweets announcing his company's policy change.Zuckerberg said Facebook believes "transparency" around political advertising is preferable to a ban on the ads.

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition

Google has been using subcontracted workers to collect face scans from members of the public in exchange for $5 gift cards, according to a report from the New York Daily News.“They said to target homeless people because they’re the least likely to say anything to the media,” a former contractor told the Daily News.

VA shares electronic health records

VA shares electronic health records

If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

Privacy and the rise of the alternative search engine

In this story, Finn Brownbill explains how we can put an end to tracking in search for the purpose of data collection.Finn Brownbill is Head of Marketing at the privacy-orientated search engine Mojeek.

DoH disabled by default in Firefox

DoH disabled by default in Firefox

Applications should respect OS configured settings.The DoH settings still can be overriden if needed.setting from Otto's change to.For more details on how to configure Firefox's use of DoH, please see their wiki.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Throughout Facebook’s deliberately vague announcement, it takes great pains to note that the change applies only to new Facebook users and people who currently have the “tag suggestions” setting.

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

Data in 2019, more valuable than oil

With data, we can limit the amount of data we provide moving forward and in terms of social media, limit the number of people we “friend.”.There is an expectation that the data shared with banks, hospitals, credit card companies, and the like are protected at the highest level possible.

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Web Tracking Is Killing The Planet

Every year, these companies pay millions of dollars for web development, and their sites are still so bloated, they have to pour even more money into the most expensive hosting platforms and content delivery networks to keep them running.

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

So, is giving up your passport or drivers license details — and even residential information — really worth $10?Image SourceWhen you sign up to a cryptocurrency exchange — thanks to government regulations — you’re more than likely using a service with KYC checks in place that require certain documents to be provided to prove your identity due to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Funding (CTF) laws.

Hacker Ordered to Pay Back Nearly £1 Million to Phishing Victims

Hacker Ordered to Pay Back Nearly £1 Million to Phishing Victims

Grant West , a 27-year-old resident of Kent, England, targeted several well-known companies around the world since 2015 to obtain the financial data of tens of thousands of customers and then sold that data on underground forums in exchange for Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies.