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Topic: privacy

Google adding automatic deletion option for Location Services and Web & App Activity data

05/02/2019, 10:05 am

Google is offering users a new way to try and safeguard their privacy, by providing an option to automatically delete logs of Web & App Activity as well as Location History data after a specific period of time, rather than requiring users to manually delete it.

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Parental control apps clap back at Apple statement on MDM technology

05/01/2019, 06:05 pm

Parental control and screen time monitoring apps are fighting back against Apple's decision to strike the titles from the App Store over alleged security risks, saying in separate blog posts that the tech giant's reasoning is flawed and its statement on the matter misleading.

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ACLU says US border agents have 'near-unfettered' ability to seize iPhones, other devices

05/01/2019, 09:05 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has shared data that shows U.S. border agencies are "asserting near-unfettered authority" to search and seize devices such as iPhones and iPads from anyone at points of entry without a warrant, violating two U.S. Constitutional amendments.

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Facebook launches redesigned iOS app, promises Messenger for macOS & more

04/30/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook announced a bevy of changes during its F8 conference keynote on Tuesday, among them a redesigned iOS app and Messenger for macOS.

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An unsecured database on Microsoft servers holds information on over 80 million households

04/29/2019, 11:04 am

Security researchers have reportedly uncovered an unsecured database containing the details of over 80 million U.S. households, including names and addresses.

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Apple says it removed parental control apps because they posed privacy risk

04/29/2019, 01:04 am

Apple on Sunday issued a formal response to a New York Times report that implied the company removed a number of parental control apps from the App Store to quash competition, saying the titles in question posed a threat to user security.

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Sealed iPhone loaded with data likely just a demo unit sold in error

04/25/2019, 12:04 pm

A man reportedly bought what was packaged as a new iPhone, only to find what appears to be personal data from a previous owner -- but there are hints that it may be a demo unit, resold by a third-party vendor.

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NSA recommends White House end phone metadata collection program

04/25/2019, 09:04 am

The U.S. National Security Agency is recommending that the White House not push to renew a controversial metadata collection program, originally exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

04/24/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

04/24/2019, 01:04 pm

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

04/23/2019, 12:04 pm

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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Facebook admits millions of Instagram accounts affected by unencrypted password storage blunder

04/18/2019, 02:04 pm

Facebook has admitted its major security breach from March where the social network stored "hundreds of millions" of plain-text passwords on internal servers was worse than first thought for users of Instagram, advising it may have affected millions of accounts on the image-sharing service and not the "tens of thousands" it initially reported.

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Facebook 'unintentionally' harvested email contacts from 1.5M users

04/17/2019, 11:04 pm

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

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Leaked docs show Facebook weaponized user data against competitors, with little regard for privacy

04/16/2019, 01:04 pm

In the past, Facebook executives including CEO Mark Zuckerberg regularly wielded user data as a tool to reward partners and smash rivals, according to some 4,000 pages of leaked emails, messages, and other documents spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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Police leveraging Google location data to cast wide dragnet for crime suspects

04/15/2019, 04:04 pm

Law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of Google's collection of location data generated by its iOS apps and Android devices to determine potential suspects of crimes, an investigation into the practice reveals, but the misuse of a database has led to innocent iPhone users being dragged into cases just from being relatively nearby to an area of interest.

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Editorial: Mozilla's anti-Apple privacy petition call is misguided and unnecessary

04/15/2019, 01:04 pm

Firefox developer Mozilla wants you to sign a petition claiming that Apple is helping third-party advertisers track what ads, videos, and apps you use -- but the iPhone maker is doing no such thing.

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Latest Facebook-related security breach finds millions of records exposed on Amazon servers

04/03/2019, 02:04 pm

Security researchers have uncovered multiple instances of Facebook user data being exposed publicly on Amazon cloud servers, though it's not immediately clear to what extent either company is to blame.

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Proposed bill would make it easier to press charges against tech execs for privacy breaches

04/03/2019, 12:04 pm

A new bill introduced by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would make it easier to bring criminal charges against corporate executives for the way they handle data breaches and privacy.

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Mark Zuckerberg joins Tim Cook in calls for privacy, electoral integrity legislation

04/01/2019, 08:04 am

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg is following Apple CEO Tim Cook and other major privacy advocates in calling for governments to "regulate the internet," by offering up suggestions for how lawmakers and regulators could create new rules that the social network and other tech firms should follow to protect elections, reduce harmful content, and to enhance privacy.

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Teenage shaving queries used to promote Safari privacy in latest iPhone privacy ad

03/28/2019, 01:03 pm

Apple is continuing its "Privacy. That's iPhone" marketing campaign by publishing a new video to its YouTube channel, highlighting the anti-tracking measures of Safari to prevent advertisers from knowing what users are searching for online.

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