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Topic: privacy

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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FCC adopts new rules to battle foreign robocalls, spoofed texts

08/01/2019, 05:08 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to adopt an expanded set of rules that will enable the agency to more vigorously pursue international robocallers and bad actors sending spoofed text messages.

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Apple 'Privacy. That's iPhone' campaign billboards reach Germany

07/25/2019, 09:07 am

Apple is continuing to expand its 'Privacy. That's iPhone' campaign into more territories, with more billboards in the series spotted in Hamburg and Berlin in Germany promoting the iPhone and iOS' data security credentials.

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Anti-robocall legislation sails through House by a landslide

07/24/2019, 07:07 pm

A bipartisan act designed to combat unwanted robocalls in the U.S. passed the House of Representatives in a decisive 429-3 vote on Wednesday, pushing the legislation one step closer to ratification.

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Facebook fined $5B by FTC over Cambridge Analytica scandal charges

07/24/2019, 09:07 am

The Federal Trade Commission confirmed on Wednesday it has agreed to a settlement by Facebook for violating consumer privacy in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the social network paying a $5 billion penalty and agreeing to new restrictions.

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Google settles three lawsuits over age discrimination, minors & illegal Wi-Fi hotspot data

07/21/2019, 01:07 pm

Clearing some of its legal plate, Google this week reached settlements for three different lawsuits, most notably a 2010 class action over illegal Wi-Fi data scooped up by Street View vehicles.

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Don't use FaceApp if you want to keep the rights to your photos

07/17/2019, 09:07 am

FaceApp has added new age-based filters to their app, bringing it back into the public eye and back on to users' phones. However, if you want to keep your photos as your own, you probably shouldn't use the app.

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Lawmakers suggest Apple could do more to aid privacy reform

07/15/2019, 01:07 pm

Apple's calls for stronger privacy legislation aren't backed up by action, privacy advocates and U.S. Lawmakers suggest, claiming the iPhone maker isn't doing enough to help produce better privacy laws, and in some cases is lobbying against some efforts.

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Facial recognition bolstered by mass database scraping, but not from Apple

07/13/2019, 02:07 pm

Progress is being made in the field of facial recognition by the use of multiple photograph databases consisting of subjects who were not aware of their misuse, a report claims, but while many companies and researchers are collecting and sharing the images and resulting data, Apple is not one of the sources.

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Facebook reportedly fined $5B over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

07/12/2019, 04:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reportedly approved a $5 billion settlement with Facebook to resolve the latter's privacy violations in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Apple returns parental control app OurPact to App Store after February purge

07/11/2019, 08:07 pm

Some five months after Apple struck parental control app OurPact from the App Store over user privacy concerns, the company reinstated the title this week without comment.

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