Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

Et tu, Procter & Gamble?

The company has joined forces with dozens of Chinese trade groups and tech firms working with the state-backed China Advertising Association to develop the new technique, which would use technology called device fingerprinting, the people said.

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

Google's 'Teacher approved' apps mislead on kids' privacy, activists tell FTC

(Reuters) - Two advocacy groups on Wednesday called on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether apps that Google’s Play Store labels as “Teacher approved” are unlawfully collecting personal data without parental consent to target ads at children.

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

As the following chart shows, Instagram is most likely to share your personal information with third parties for advertising purposes.

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

Instagram is ‘most invasive app’, new study shows

The study found that Instagram collects 79 per cent of its users’ personal data and shares it with third parties, including search history, location, contacts and financial info.“Any information you agree to be gathered by an app when signing up can be analysed for their benefit and even shared.

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo claims that Google "wanted to hide" the information that it collects, which is why Google took so long to roll out support for App Privacy labels.

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple today updated its privacy website with a new "Labels" section that brings privacy labels for all of Apple's apps together in one place, making it easier for users to learn about how Apple apps handle their personal data.

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

IPhone Call Recorder bug gave acess to other people's conversations

By passing the app’s network traffic through a web proxy tool like Burp or Zap, an attacker could insert the phone number of any app user in the recordings request.

Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices

Malicious apps on Google Play dropped banking Trojans on user devices

Google has removed 10 apps from the Play Store which contained droppers for financial Trojans.MRAT is used to provide remote access to a compromised mobile device, whereas AlienBot facilitates the injection of malicious code into existing, legitimate financial apps.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data.

If you schedule a Covid-19 vaccine appointment with major pharmacy chains such as Walgreens or CVS, your data may be used to bulk up those companies’ own significant marketing apparatuses, giving them a source of income even beyond what they’re paid for administering the vaccines and whatever you might decide to buy while you’re in the store to get one.

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

Gmail for iOS Updated for the First Time in Three Months

As of early December, developers must provide this privacy information before a new or updated app can be made available on the ‌App Store‌.Google updated Gmail with privacy labels just over a week ago, but the app itself was not updated until today.

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns

The company told SIO that it was going to roll out changes “to add additional encryption and blocks to prevent Clubhouse clients from ever transmitting pings to Chinese servers” and said it would hire an external security firm to review and validate the updates.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 12, 2021

South Africa first ruled to ban internet mass surveillance in 2019 but the decision was appealed by the Minister of State Security.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Police in Minneapolis reportedly used a geofence warrant at Floyd protest last year

Police in Minneapolis reportedly used a geofence warrant at Floyd protest last year

Police in Minneapolis got a search warrant that ordered Google to provide account data on people who were near a protest that turned violent two days after the killing of George Floyd last year, TechCrunch reported.

Element on Google Play Store

Element on Google Play Store

In order to enforce our terms of use on the Matrix servers we run as Element, we have a formal Trust and Safety team hired full-time who are dedicated to investigating and tracking abuse reports sent to or reported from the app.

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

More than half App Store privacy labels false in small-scale Washington Post spot checks

Similar to how Age Ratings work on the App Store, developers report their own privacy practices.Is Apple doing enough, or should it be more proactive in checking whether developers are telling the truth about their apps?

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Called App Tracking Transparency, the new opt-in requirement will mark a significant shift in how mobile app developers are able to collect data on iPhone owners and share that data with other firms to aid in advertising.

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

Finally, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this week, and required users to accept that it shares some information with Facebook before continuing to use the app.

Google avoids updating iOS apps as Apple adds privacy labels- 9to5Mac

Google avoids updating iOS apps as Apple adds privacy labels- 9to5Mac

Apple officially rolled out its new App Privacy labels on the App Store last month, requiring developers to provide detailed privacy information about what data is collected from users.

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

A spokesperson for the firm says its “limited and targeted” use of facial recognition is to “identify when a known repeat offender enters one of our stores.”.

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

Facebook now warning users about impacts on ads due to new iOS 14 privacy features

As noted by some users today and now confirmed by 9to5Mac, Facebook is now promoting banners on some of its iOS apps, once again criticizing Apple for the changes in App Store privacy guidelines.

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple Could Ban Apps That Don't Follow iOS 14 Anti-Tracking Rules, Says Software Chief Craig Federighi

Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi has warned developers to "play by the rules" as they relate to Apple's upcoming anti-tracking policy for iOS 14, or their apps could be removed from the App Store.

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

The app’s function is described on the Play Store as follows: Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers.Sometimes devices from carriers with outstanding balances could be blacklisted from working on the network until the balance of the phone is paid off – the same thing can happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier.

WhatsApp rolls out “disappearing messages” which vanish after 7 days

WhatsApp rolls out “disappearing messages” which vanish after 7 days

WhatsApp today introduced a new feature that lets users mark messages including photos and videos to disappear after 7 days.WhatsApp will be rolling out the disappearing messages feature to its 2 billion users worldwide this month.

Why Are There So Many Data Breaches?

Why Are There So Many Data Breaches?

Object Stores have many uses such as:Providing a location for the upload or download of dataStore process inputs, outputs, temporary and data filesStoring, transcoding and playing audiovisual mediaStoring data backupsStoring website contentHosting static websitesTwo of the largest cloud Object Store services are Azure Storage and AWS S3.What security options are available.

Introducing Amazon One—a new innovation to make everyday activities effortless

Introducing Amazon One—a new innovation to make everyday activities effortless

Today, our physical retail team is excited to introduce a new innovation called Amazon One. Amazon One is a fast, convenient, contactless way for people to use their palm to make everyday activities like paying at a store, presenting a loyalty card, entering a location like a stadium, or badging into work more effortless.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Those that are dealing with the banning of certain apps like WeChat and TikTok from the app store are being directed towards VPN services as a way to have access to app updates again.

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and whom you're likely talking to on the Facebook-owned app

But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices.

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

Read Apple’s commitment to freedom of expression that doesn’t mention China

As first reported by the Financial Times on Friday, Apple’s four-page policy document commits to “respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch — including our employees, suppliers, contractors, and customers.” But it does not cite any particular country, like China, where the company has been asked to ban apps that allow users to circumvent censorship before.

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

The Facebookening of Oculus VR becomes more pronounced starting in October [Updated]

At that time, your Oculus-made headset will essentially become an offline device in terms of the Oculus Store, which is troubling news for anyone who purchased the headset and connected software licenses under the assumption that the devices may remain Facebook-free for years to come.