Privacy Software

Popular Android apps still sending data to Facebook, watchdog group finds

UK watchdog group Privacy International on Tuesday said while a few Android apps have stopped sharing data with Facebook, many haven't.

In December, Privacy International and German mobile security company Mobilsicher both published reports that many popular apps were automatically sharing user data with Facebook, even if those users don't have Facebook accounts or were logged out of the Facebook platform. Mobilsicher examined the iOS version of many of the apps Privacy International also tested.

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Some bank, travel and cell phone carrier iOS apps are secretly recording your screen

TechCrunch discovered popular iPhone apps Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Expedia, Hotels.com, Singapore Airlines and Air Canada were tracking everything users were doing in their apps.

Some of the apps were using customer experience analytics firm Glassbox's "session replay" technology. Session replay allows the developers to see and record every tap, swipe and keystroke the user makes.

Glassbox is designed to mask sensitive information like credit card numbers, but not all the apps using it are masking the data fields properly.... Read More »

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Facebook secretly paid iPhone users to install 'research app' to get their data

In an attempt to keep users and stay competitive, Facebook has been paying some users $20 per month plus referral fees to download the Facebook Research VPN app since 2016. People between the ages of 13 and 35 gave Facebook intimate access to their phone and web activity.

The social media giant said it was running the project to learn about people's phone usage. Through the app, Facebook was able to view search history, location information, direct messages on social... Read More »

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Social media quitters often have 'shadow accounts,' according to new study

If you never jumped on the Facebook bandwagon or had the willpower to pull the plug on your account, you haven't restored as much of your privacy as you might think.

A recent study demonstrates that people can be profiled online just from hints left about them on the social network, whether they have an account on Facebook or not.

"Effectively, it shows that there is no place to hide on social network platforms," co-author Dr. Lewis Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in applied... Read More »

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Why you should stop using third-party weather apps

Odds are, at least once a day, you open a weather app. You might check in the morning to learn the day's forecast or in the evening to prepare for tomorrow's weather.

So the light of what seems like an endless stream of news about the lack of data privacy in apps, you may not be surprised to hear that your weather app may be spying on you.

But why a weather app? According to Motherboard, third-party weather apps are easy... Read More »

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Why 'SocialRecall' facial recognition app has experts worried for your privacy

The SocialRecall app (download for iOS or Android) brings a whole new meaning to "I'm bad at names, but I'm great with faces." The facial recognition app wants to make large events like weddings and conferences less stressful by helping users remember who people are.

Instead of having to remember a person's name, if you download the app, simply point your smartphone camera at an event attendee's face. SocialRecall will identify them, display their name and links to... Read More »

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Carpool Karaoke alerts from Apple break its own rules for push notifications

Apple sent push notifications promoting Carpool Karaoke, and users aren't happy about it. Users' phones alerted on December 7 and December 14 for two episodes of the show.

Apple users took to Twitter and voiced their distaste for the notifications.

"Why did Apple just send me a notification about an all new carpool karaoke, something I've never watched and have absolutely no interest in?" Mark Fletcher tweeted.

Besides sending a potentially unwanted notification, Apple violated its own policy against... Read More »

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Exclusive: New app to protect your privacy will run on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac

When you think of data breaches and privacy violations, Facebook probably comes to mind. The company's privacy policies went under a microscope after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And, Facebook is under new scrutiny after it came to light that the company granted Netflix, Spotify, Amazon and others access to mass amounts of user data.

Consumers might feel helpless in not knowing how to fight back or may not understanding how it affects them. FigLeaf, a startup founded... Read More »

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Signal refuses Australia's demands for a backdoor into its encrypted Private Messenger app

The Australian government's Assistance and Access bill is an attempt to try to force tech companies to create backdoors into their encrypted communications. But one company that won't comply is Signal.

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The Signal private messenger app (download on iOS and Android) offers its users a way to send and receive secure, encrypted SMS messages and voice and video calls. But the company, Signal Messenger, says it has no... Read More »

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Can MeWe become the anti-Facebook of social media?

Nearly half of Facebook (iOS, Android) users age 18 to 29 years old deleted the app in the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media site has been trying to regain favor as the fleeing user base moves to other platforms.

One social media site has risen to the top as the No. 1 Trending Social App in the Google Play Store and gained 300 percent growth this year: MeWe... Read More »

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