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.

Experts doubt the privacy claims of Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts ad targeting model

Experts doubt the privacy claims of Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts ad targeting model

Google recently declared that it will stop selling targeted ads based on your internet history as provided by third party cookies, and is instead working on a new privacy conscious way for advertisers to target internet users called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Today we are publishing an open letter calling on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to publish a privacy notice for their DNS service that commits to deleting the data within 24 hours and to only using the data for providing the service.

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history

Transcript for Google plans to stop selling ads based on users' search history.Wall Street Journal reports all the new broadcasting deals could be done by next week as your tech makes a great day.

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Judge in Google case disturbed that 'incognito' users are tracked

Weighing Google’s attempt to get the suit dismissed, Koh said she finds it “unusual” that the company would make the “extra effort” of data collection if it doesn’t use the information to build user profiles or targeted advertising.

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

The moment people started to realize how their private data should be saved they started to use the DuckDuckGo search engine.Finally, if you privacy-minded person, this is the time to move to DuckDuckGo private search engine.

How To Find What Google Knows About You and Limit the Data Google Collects From You

How To Find What Google Knows About You and Limit the Data Google Collects From You

Based on the user’s search history, as well as browsing history on Google-owned platforms like Youtube, Google collects various information about the user.Google predicts the age, gender, marital status, income, and personal interests of users.

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google says it has made progress on its so-called Privacy Sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browser's market dominance and privacy protections.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 22, 2021

A new infographic by 9 to 5 Mac that highlights the difference between the privacy labels of popular messaging apps is making its rounds around the internet.

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

Tencent has been caught spying on your web browsing history with QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger, a popular Chinese instant messaging app by Tencent, was caught scraping web browser history with their desktop client.

App privacy labels show stark contrasts among messaging apps

App privacy labels show stark contrasts among messaging apps

Email address Phone number Search history Device ID WhatsApp. Device ID User ID Advertising Data Purchase History Coarse Location Phone Number Email Address Contacts Product Interaction Crash Data Performance Data Other Diagnostic Data Payment Info Customer Support Product Interaction Other User Content Facebook Messenger.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 1, 2021

A new research paper from the International Monetary Fund identified fintech trends that are coming to our world – including the formal suggestion that in the future, a person’s credit score could be determined by internet history and even the device used to access the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

IMF suggests that your credit score could be based on your internet history

IMF suggests that your credit score could be based on your internet history

The paper highlights that some tech companies (think: ISPs, Facebook, Google, Apple, etc) have enough soft data about customers to potentially determine credit worthiness the same way that banks use hard data such as proven income, employment status, assets, etc.

How to stop Amazon from sharing your private information

How to stop Amazon from sharing your private information

From adding others in your family to getting a cheaper student or Medicaid rate, tap or click here to save big on your Amazon Prime account.To control what is visible on your public profile, follow these steps:Sign in to your Amazon account.

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

When users were logged into other third-party apps using their Facebook accounts, their information and those of their friends was shared with the services they were using, the PIPC said.

Easily automate deleting your old tweets, likes, and DMs with Semiphemeral

Easily automate deleting your old tweets, likes, and DMs with Semiphemeral

Easily automate deleting your old tweets, likes, and DMs with Semiphemeral.Roughly one hundred years ago, in June of 2019, I released an open source Twitter privacy tool called Semiphemeral that makes it simple-ish to delete years of old tweets.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 4, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 4, 2020

It’d be like removing Google Chrome because it can be used to access hate speech on the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Mozilla study reaffirms that internet history can be used for “reidentification”

Mozilla study reaffirms that internet history can be used for “reidentification”

Using data from 52,000 consenting Firefox users, the researchers were able to identify 48,919 distinct browsing profiles which had 99% uniqueness.This type of “history based profiling” is undoubtedly being used to build ad profiles on internet users around the world.

Web browsing histories are private personal data - now what

Web browsing histories are private personal data - now what

In 2009-2011 we did some research work motivated with a positive aim of educating web users about certain risks of browsing history leaks.The authors replicated also the theoretical potential for third-party resource providers (i.e. trackers) to reidentify users based on web browsing history fingerprints.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

No, going Incognito doesn’t hide your web activity from your boss or school

No, going Incognito doesn’t hide your web activity from your boss or school

Although some browsers, including Safari and Firefox, offer some additional protection against web trackers, private browsing mode does not guarantee that your web activities cannot be linked back to you or your device.

Tips to control privacy and manage advertising preferences on Amazon.

Tips to control privacy and manage advertising preferences on Amazon.

From adding others in your family to getting a cheaper student or Medicaid rate, tap or click here to save big on your Amazon Prime account.If you’re spending more money and time on Amazon than ever before, let’s make sure your public profile is locked down:.

Headphones are collecting too much personal data

Headphones are collecting too much personal data

If you don’t remember, Bose already had a fairly mainstream data collecting scandal back in 2017 where the Bose Connect app was found to be tracking what users were listening to and sending that data back to the company to be sold.

The Complete Checklist of How Google Tracks Your Browsing History

The Complete Checklist of How Google Tracks Your Browsing History

Didn’t Google get in trouble for giving marketers the ability to target kids with ads?Marketers are still allowed to serve ads to kids on websites they visit, and in the apps they use.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

Google introduces new default auto-delete settings for location and YouTube history.

Google introduces new default auto-delete settings for location and YouTube history.

Indeed, incognito mode has been baked into Chrome 's browser for over a decade, but the company added it to YouTube in 2018, followed by Google Maps a year later, allowing users to temporarily stop their search activities from being saved to their Google Account.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: June 5th, 2020

Top EU data protection agency under pressure to act against Internet giants as GDPR turns 2 years old.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

Suit Claims Google’s Tracking Violates Federal Wiretap Law

— Google violated federal wiretap laws when it continued to collect information about what users were doing on the internet without their permission even though they were browsing in so-called private browsing mode, according to a potential class-action lawsuit filed against the internet giant on Tuesday.

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has sued Google for illegally tracking phone location data

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for “deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data.” Specifically, Google has been collecting location history in its Search and Maps app to tie to your Google account even if you have explicitly told Google that you want to opt out of storing your Location History.

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

House delays vote on renewing FISA surveillance powers to grant FBI warrantless access to internet history

The FISA renewal vote came up as H.R. 6172, the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act and was pulled from the House floor on Wednesday and Thursday.