Google Removes Dashlane Password Manager from Chrome Web Store

Google Removes Dashlane Password Manager from Chrome Web Store

Google has removed the Dashlane password manager extension used by over 3 million users from the Chrome Web Store due to issues with 'User Data Privacy/ Use of Permissions'.

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.

Vimeo collected detailed facial scans without consent, lawsuit alleges

Vimeo collected detailed facial scans without consent, lawsuit alleges

The complaint alleges Vimeo is violating the law by collecting, storing, and using the facial biometrics of thousands of unwitting individuals throughout the United States whose faces appear in photos or videos uploaded to the Magisto video-editor application.

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13

Bluetooth audio is handled through system settings, is separate from apps, and will continue working for apps that you deny permission for.).Apps that support Google’s Chromecast streaming platform often ask for Bluetooth access as well.

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

Developers accuse Apple of anti-competitive behavior with its privacy changes in iOS 13

In a report by The Information, the developers were said to have accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior when it comes to how apps can access user location data.

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter said on Tuesday it may have shared user data with advertisers without permission.The company said "certain data" of mobile users such as country code may have been shared with advertising partners since May 2018 "even if you didn't give us permission to do so.".

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

The security model of modern mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, is primarily based on permissions that explicitly define which sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information an app can access, allowing users decide what apps can access.

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns

Though it doesn’t yet have a very smooth way to do this — instead it asks users to send delete requests via the mobile app using “Settings->Support->Report a bug” with the word “privacy” in the subject line, adding that it’s “working on a better UI for that”.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission.

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Snapchat currently handles permissions for your camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone app and storage in order to operate on Android. Now let's talk about Snap Map. Just like the useless feature Snapchat implemented just for filling in your phone number during sign up — this too justifies unnecessary data collection.

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

When You Listen, They Watch: Pre-Saving Albums Can Allow Labels to Track Users on Spotify

To pre-save music, which adds a release to a user’s library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click through and approve permissions that give the label far more account access than the streaming giant normally grants them -- enough to track what they listen to, change what artists they follow and potentially even control their music streaming remotely.

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer

The league claims that the app asks for permission to access the phone’s microphone and location, and that the data — which is received as a code, not audio — is only used to detect LaLiga streams.

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

Federal investigators could hold Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for any Facebook privacy failings, according to new report

A federal investigation into Facebook could find Mark Zuckerberg directly responsible for any privacy failings on the social network, according to a new report in the Washington Post.

Fighting The Citadels That Own Our Data: How Web3 Empowers Us To Take Back Control

Fighting The Citadels That Own Our Data: How Web3 Empowers Us To Take Back Control

In the face of myriad privacy breaches as a result of the ownership of our data by big corporations, Web 3.0 – otherwise known as a decentralised internet based on true peer-to-peer interaction – represents a beacon of hope to enable individuals to take back control from the current generation of internet behemoths.

Copyright Rules of New NYC Landmark Allow Owners to Use Anyone's Photographs for Licensing

Copyright Rules of New NYC Landmark Allow Owners to Use Anyone's Photographs for Licensing

I grant to Company and its affiliates the irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable right and license to use, display, reproduce, perform, modify, transmit, publish, and distribute such photographs, audio recordings, or video footage for any purpose whatsoever in any and all media (in either case, now known or developed later).

Will California lawmakers vote to protect Californians’ privacy or tech industry profits?

Will California lawmakers vote to protect Californians’ privacy or tech industry profits?

The results are in : Californians overwhelmingly support the privacy protections in Privacy for All. The bill’s premise is simple: It’s time for Californians to take control of their personal information, hold tech companies accountable, and ensure that everyone has the same privacy rights.

Can you stop your parents sharing photos of you online?

Can you stop your parents sharing photos of you online?

"Sharenting" - the act of parents sharing news and pictures of their kids online - is in the news after Gwyneth Paltrow posted a picture of her and her 14-year-old daughter Apple Martin skiing.

Why uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in Firefox

Why uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in Firefox

Why uBlock Origin requests to store unlimited data in Firefox. Firefox users who have the content blocker uBlock Origin installed receive a permission prompt currently when uBlock Origin is updating. Firefox users who have the content blocker uBlock Origin installed receive a permission prompt currently when uBlock Origin is updating.

Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess

Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess

Researchers found that many of these pre-installed apps have access to very intrusive permissions out of the box, collect and send data about users to advertisers, and have security flaws that often remain unpatched.

The privacy risks of pre-installed software on Android devices

The privacy risks of pre-installed software on Android devices

Many pre-installed apps facilitate access to privileged data and resources, without the average user being aware of their presence or being able to uninstall them. On the one hand, the permission model on the Android operating system and its apps allow a large number of actors to track and obtain personal user information.

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.

In-flight displays could be watching you

In-flight displays could be watching you

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) asserts these fears are misplaced, however, with their CEO Joe Leader claiming that “the greatest risk to airline passenger privacy breaches come from their own smartphones, tablets, cameras, computers, and smart devices used in private settings.” Kamluk disagrees, arguing that “the true risk comes from potential unauthorized access to these devices from powerful malicious attackers.” Until a scandal breaks out we’re likely not going to know who’s right here.

Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You Go and This is How to Turn Off The Hidden Feature

Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You Go and This is How to Turn Off The Hidden Feature

There’s no doubt that mapping apps in your Phone collect a significant amount of information of the places you visit, but what may come as a surprise to users is that Apple Maps actually records the locations you frequently visit and stores additional information such as the times you’ve arrived and departed.

Fix It Already

Fix It Already

(And of course, if Google gave users this option, then Apple would have no excuse not to.) Instead of having no choice but to share their data with the creators of every app they ever use, Android users should be able to deny and revoke apps’ permission to access the Internet.

The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

The Rutherford Institute :: Tyrannical Surveillance: We’re Being Branded, Bought and Sold for Our Data

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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?

Your Smart Scale is Leaking More than Your Weight: Privacy Issues in IoT

Your Smart Scale is Leaking More than Your Weight: Privacy Issues in IoT

Changing privacy settings (Medium – CVSS 5.3) Possible attack scenario: A malicious user – within BLE range – could track the victim because the device keeps the MAC address fixed due to a configuration in the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT).

How Android Q improves Privacy and Permission Controls over Android Pie

How Android Q improves Privacy and Permission Controls over Android Pie

In Android Q, Google is breaking down these two permissions into more granular permissions, allowing the user to restrict an app so it can only read or write certain file types.