privacy

Did you know these iPhone apps record your screen while you use them?

When an app says it's collecting data for technical support or analytics purposes, it seems innocuous but a report by TechCrunch and The App Analyst found a number of iOS applications that went much further without informing users. The apps mentioned… Source: Engadget | Did you know these iPhone apps record your screen while you …

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Facebook will show who uploaded your contact info for targeted ads

Facebook has taken some steps to prevent companies from recklessly using your data for targeted ads, but now it might put pressure on them to come clean. As of February 28th, Facebook's "why am I seeing this ad?" button will show who (if anyone) upl… Source: Engadget | Facebook will show who uploaded your contact …

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Apple says Group FaceTime bug will be fixed next week

Apple announced Friday that it has come up with a fix for a bug in the Group FaceTime feature that allows users to listen in on the activity of others before they pick up the call. The company said a software update will be released next week that wi… Source: Engadget | Apple says Group …

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New York investigates Apple's Group FaceTime privacy bug

You knew it was just a matter of time before Apple's Group FaceTime 'eavesdropping' bug drew the attention of politicians. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation into the FaceTime flaw in hopes of understanding both its… Source: Engadget | New York investigates Apple's Group FaceTime privacy bug

To Facebook, your privacy is worth a $20 gift card

Another day, another Facebook controversy. The latest backlash follows a TechCrunch report that the company was secretly paying teenagers to access their data and basically monitor their every move on the web. Facebook was asking people to install a… Source: Engadget | To Facebook, your privacy is worth a gift card

Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse

Apple isn't taking chances just because Facebook is shutting down the iOS version of its controversial research app. The company told Recode in a statement that it was revoking the enterprise certificates Facebook had been using to distribute the so… Source: Engadget | Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse

Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opposition From Apple and Other Tech Companies

The Australian parliament on Thursday passed controversial encryption legislation that could result in tech companies being forced to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer messages. As we reported in October, Apple opposed the legislation in a seven-page letter to the Australian parliament, calling the encryption bill “dangerously ambiguous” and wide open to potential abuse …

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Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide trial

Prosecutors are once again hoping that smart speaker data could be the key to securing a murder conviction. A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to provide recordings from an Echo speaker between January 27th, 2017 and January 29th, 2017 (plus in… Source: Engadget | Judge tells Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double homicide …

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Watch PBS’ documentary on Facebook’s woes tonight

PBS is airing a two-part Frontline documentary on Facebook Monday and Tuesday, centered around the company's undeniably enormous impact on democracy and privacy around the world. The trailer for The Facebook Dilemma suggests it addresses issues such… Source: Engadget | Watch PBS’ documentary on Facebook’s woes tonight

Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, Ann Cavoukian, over a proposed data trust that would approve and manage the collection of i… Source: Engadget | Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Trump administration suggests firmer controls on data privacy

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has laid out the Trump administration's approach to bolstering data privacy. The agency is seeking to strike a balance between increased consumer protection and affording companies… Source: Engadget | Trump administration suggests firmer controls on data privacy

Face scanning in US airports is rife with technical problems

If you've had misgivings about the effectiveness of Homeland Security's airport face scanning (let alone the privacy implications), you're not alone. The department's Inspector General has issued a report warning that the scanning system is struggli… Source: Engadget | Face scanning in US airports is rife with technical problems

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