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Topic: privacy

Siri quality assurance opt-in option & record deletion in the iOS 13.2 beta

10/10/2019, 02:10 pm

Apple has started to ask users if they wish to take part in the Siri quality assurance program in the latest beta for iOS 13.2, a change in policy following criticism about the iPhone maker using contractors to listen to a selection of Siri audio recordings.

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Amazon is watching and reviewing Cloud Cam security footage

10/10/2019, 11:10 am

Amazon has been hit by claims it is infringing on the privacy of its customers with its smart home security cameras, with a new report alleging Amazon workers are being given a glimpse into the homes of Cloud Cam users, under the guise of training the retailer's artificial intelligence systems.

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Class-action lawsuit claiming Google tracked UK iPhone users revived

10/02/2019, 07:10 am

An attempted billion-pound class-action lawsuit against Google, alleging the search giant has been tracking iPhone users, has been revived by the United Kingdom Court of Appeal, which has allowed the case to proceed through the UK courts.

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Delhi court demands iPhone location data from Apple, but it probably doesn't have it

09/26/2019, 07:09 am

Apple has been ordered to supply the location details of the iPhone owned by a defendant in a rape case in India, but it isn't clear if Apple has the information at all.

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Facebook warns users of iOS 13 location tracking permissions

09/10/2019, 12:09 am

Facebook on Monday outlined detailed how its app and corresponding service will be impacted by location tracking permissions, restrictions and accompanying tools built into iOS 13, saying that users might see unfamiliar warning notifications should they upgrade to Apple's next-generation operating system.

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DOJ wants Apple, Google to relinquish user data of rifle scope app

09/06/2019, 05:09 pm

As part of an investigation into potential weapons export violations, the U.S. Department of Justice is demanding both Apple and Google furnish user information for a rifle scope monitoring and control app, a move that could impact well over 10 thousand people.

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NY Attorney General & 7 other states target Facebook in antitrust probe

09/06/2019, 10:09 am

A joint investigation has been launched against Facebook by the New York State Attorney General, probing the social network for potential antitrust violations, just two days after reports a similar action is being prepared against Google.

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Secure messaging apps working to comply with Apple's iOS 13 privacy changes

09/05/2019, 03:09 pm

Changes in iOS 13 to improve privacy may be affecting more apps than first thought, with developers of secure messaging "scrambling" to keep the encrypted communications services functional before Apple cuts off access to a specific API.

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Phone numbers of nearly 420M Facebook users exposed online

09/04/2019, 05:09 pm

An unsecured database containing the phone numbers of more than 419 million Facebook users was recently found online, though the social network said no accounts have been compromised as a result of the exposure.

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Google fined $170M for violating children's privacy

09/04/2019, 09:09 am

Google and subsidiary YouTube has been hit with a record $170 million fine by the Federal Trade Commission, to settle allegations the search company violated a law protecting children's privacy.

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Brief Thoughts: Questionable RF lawsuit, Apple TV+ vs. Disney+, Siri listening & more

08/25/2019, 10:08 am

Every week has dozens of things going on at any given time, too many to talk about in real-time. Here's what we think about this week's radio frequency revelations and lawsuits, Disney rolling heavy at the D23 expo in regards to Disney+, the workers responsible for listening to Siri recordings, an inadvertent iOS 12 jailbreak restoration, and Google's Android rebranding.

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States and 12 phone carriers agree to implement anti-robocall technology

08/22/2019, 05:08 pm

As Congress considers legislation designed to put an end to robocalling, state attorneys general and 12 telephone companies intend to take action and on Thursday announced an agreement to implement spam call identification and blocking technology.

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PSA: You cannot stop Instagram or Facebook from using your photos with a post

08/21/2019, 04:08 pm

Celebrities and other online personalities are unwittingly circulating a hoax claiming Instagram is changing its privacy policy, one that can supposedly avoided by publicly posting the statement, with it being the latest incarnation of a chain message that has existed for years.

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Apple delays policy to limit third-party tracking in kids apps, fields developer concerns

08/20/2019, 10:08 pm

Apple earlier this year announced plans to limit third-party tracking technology in kids apps as part of an initiative to protect youngsters from unwanted advertisements, but the company has delayed those plans as it works to get developers up to speed with the new regulations.

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Facebook paid contractors to transcribe Messenger app audio

08/13/2019, 06:08 pm

Not one to be left out of a potential privacy scandal, a report on Tuesday reveals Facebook hired outside contractors to listen to and transcribe recorded Messenger voice chats, though the company said it recently put a halt to the program.

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Risky free VPNs still available in Apple App Store & Google Play despite warnings

08/13/2019, 01:08 pm

Apple and Google are still allowing a number of potentially unsafe free VPN apps to be downloaded from respective app stores, despite warnings that many of the apps pose a privacy risk to consumers, primarily from the apps questionable ownership by Chinese organizations.

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Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?

08/08/2019, 07:08 am

Apple pioneered the concept of making its products accessible to users with disabilities back in the 1980s. It has made environmentally sound manufacturing and supplier responsibility a key aspect of its global operations. It has taken a public stand for inclusion and diversity and has made privacy and security primary features of its products. Why haven't other tech giants offered more than a meek "me too" in these areas?

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Law enforcement can get Ring doorbell video by just asking for it [u]

08/06/2019, 08:08 am

Concern has been raised over Amazon's Ring video doorbell and its links to law enforcement, with the assorted tools and partnerships between the retailer and the police considered to be eroding privacy for customers, their neighbors, and anyone who comes into contact with the surveillance devices, with law enforcement officials having relatively easy access to camera footage.

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Apple listens to Siri, Apple's $53.8B quarter & more on the AppleInsider Podcast

08/02/2019, 08:08 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Brian Roemmele joins us to talk about Apple listening to some Siri recordings and why they don't need to. William is back to talk Apple Earnings reports and why selling fewer iPhones doesn't spell doom.

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Apple suspends Siri quality control program, will let users opt out in update

08/02/2019, 12:08 am

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri quality control program after a Guardian expose last week claimed private contractors are privy to "highly sensitive recordings," revelations that immediately raised the brows of privacy advocates.

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