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.

Do You Need a Privacy App?

Do You Need a Privacy App?

At the moment the Jumbo app only works on iPhones and the Facebook, Google, Alexa and Twitter platforms. The app has to be open to work and the user does have to manually request data cleanup.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

Chrome Extension turns out to be a watchdog on User’s actions: An expert says.

The experimentalist switched between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to compare the experiences with cookies blocking and privacy policy. To the obvious outcome, Chrome proved to be sharing user information with third-party content developers in order to customize the ads and contents presented while surfing the web.

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Apple to Advertisers: Follow Safari Web-Tracking Rules or Else

Two years ago, Apple took a harder line against web trackers by adding a privacy capability in Safari designed to prevent "cross-site" tracking, which is used across the ad industry to learn what sites your computer is visiting.

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

Kaspersky AV injected unique ID that allowed sites to track users, even in incognito mode

A case in point: for almost four years, AV products from Kaspersky Lab injected a unique identifier into the HTML of every website a user visited, making it possible for sites to identify people even when using incognito mode or when they switched between Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Apple & Google Halt Human Transcription Programs But Microsoft Refuses to Back Down

Apple & Google Halt Human Transcription Programs But Microsoft Refuses to Back Down

A report from Motherboard revealed these changes to the privacy policy where Microsoft explicitly states that human employees or contractors may listen to Cortana and Skype Translator recordings.

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people’s accounts

Another user who was affected said they could read another person’s Credit Factors — including derogatory credit marks — but that the Credit Report tab with that user’s personal information, like names and addresses, was blank.

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Hackers have worked out how to exploit security flaws in hook-up apps

Security experts have issued a warning after three gay hookup apps - including Grindr - and a threesome app were found to expose users' exact locations, just by knowing the publicly available username.

Facebook collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

Facebook collected and transcribed users’ audio without permission

Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

But many of these apps, said Hastings, send user or device data to third-party data analytics companies — often to monetize your information — without your explicit consent, instead burying the details in their privacy policies.

Skype, Slack, other Electron-based apps can be easily backdoored

Skype, Slack, other Electron-based apps can be easily backdoored

The problem lies in the fact that Electron ASAR files themselves are not encrypted or signed, allowing them to be modified without changing the signature of the affected applications.

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

We’ve seen some pretty poor security in dating apps over recent years; breaches of personal data, leaking users locations and more. We contacted 3fun about this on 1st July and asked them to fix the security flaws, as personal data was exposed.

Group dating app 3Fun exposed sensitive data on 1.5 million users

Group dating app 3Fun exposed sensitive data on 1.5 million users

More than 1.5 million users of a group dating service had their personal data exposed — including their real-time location — because of a vulnerability in the app.

I’m a security expert and this is how robocall-blocking apps violate your privacy

I’m a security expert and this is how robocall-blocking apps violate your privacy

Spam-blocking apps have been touted as a way to protect consumers. Apple requires that each privacy policy must have a clause that provides a way for a user to “revoke consent and/or request deletion” of a user’s data.

CLE - Google, Amazon, and Apple Digital Voice Assistants

CLE - Google, Amazon, and Apple Digital Voice Assistants

The information goes back to the company to help improve its digital voice assistant. The issue is in the private, accidental recordings received by Apple through digital voice assistants, which can be highly personal and sensitive, containing sufficient location and contact details to identify a user.

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The way to end user tracking in apps once and for all

The answer simply is: if we don’t want to app developers to sell their users to advertisers, then we need to offer them an alternative way to make a living.

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

Netflix Wants To Know If You’re Binge Watching In A Moving Car, Why?

It’s being reported that the streaming giant is now collecting physical activity data from the devices of selected users. Netflix later confirmed in a statement that physical activity data is being collected to “improve video playback quality when a user is on the go” and added that they currently don’t have any plans to roll out any related feature.

Commentary: LinkedIn Learning policy violates library patrons' privacy

Commentary: LinkedIn Learning policy violates library patrons' privacy

Under the new LinkedIn Learning policy, library users would be required to create a personal, publicly searchable, profile and agree to LinkedIn’s user agreement and privacy policy before being able to use LinkedIn Learning.

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Google to Capture & Learn Our Emotions on a Smartphone Camera?

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for patent filings from Google that used a smartphone camera to look at the expression of a user of that device in order to try to understand the emotions of that person better.

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

Does Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?

"This gives FaceApp and its parent company Wireless Lab an enormous amount of latitude to do pretty much anything with your data that they'd like," said Budington in an email. The company's privacy policy does point out that any information should be anonymized.

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

Trustworthy vs Trustless Apps

A trustless app is an app whose code is open source, so that the community can see for themselves that the code has few bugs and no malicious code. Trustless apps are cryptographically signed by the developers so that users know that the application they download corresponds to the open source code.

How we built a GDPR compliant website analytics platform without using cookies

How we built a GDPR compliant website analytics platform without using cookies

Remember, the user signature is completely anonymous, and no there’s only ever 1 page view tied to it The hashes we generate are impossible for us to “de-hash” (we’ll explain later in this post).

Reddit to Ditch 'Creepy' Anonymous Follower Counts, Name Names

Reddit to Ditch 'Creepy' Anonymous Follower Counts, Name Names

The social media site will soon tell you which users follow your account. Other users are concerned Reddit is moving away from its roots as a forum that offered more anonymity over typical social networking sites.

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public,” is the subsequent piece of text.

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

FaceApp is an app that lets users upload their photos, and uses artificial intelligence to change their looks, either older or younger. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Facebook Embeds 'Hidden Codes' To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos, Report

Now in the same week that details of the record $5 billion FTC fine emerged, an Australian cyber researcher has reopened a years-old debate as to whether the social media giant is embedding "hidden codes" in photos uploaded by users onto the site.

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon confirms it holds on to Alexa data even if you delete audio files

Amazon has admitted that it doesn’t always delete the stored data that it obtains through voice interactions with the company’s Alexa and Echo devices — even after a user chooses to wipe the audio files from their account .

Amazon Will Store Alexa Voice Logs Forever—Unless You Delete Them

Amazon Will Store Alexa Voice Logs Forever—Unless You Delete Them

In his written response to Sen. Coons, Amazon’s Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman elaborated on its privacy policies, making it clear that all voice logs and transcripts are stored with no expiration date unless a user opts to manually delete them.

OpenID Foundation says 'Sign In with Apple' is not secure enough

OpenID Foundation says 'Sign In with Apple' is not secure enough

In its letter, the organization said that Apple has built Sign In with Apple on top of the OpenID Connect platform, but the Cupertino company's implementation is not fully compliant with the OpenID standard, and as a result "exposes users to greater security and privacy risks.".

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

While the tool was originally designed to help moderate the platform and allow MySpace to comply with law enforcement requests, multiple sources said the tool was used for illegitimate purposes by employees who accessed Myspace user data without authorization to do so.

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