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Topic: privacy

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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Google Assistant voice recordings reviewed by humans include private conversations

07/11/2019, 12:07 pm

Some voice snippets uploaded by Google Assistant are being reviewed by human contractors, as with Amazon Alexa, and can potentially include sensitive conversations, reports say.

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'Sign in with Apple' may only limit tracking, not eliminate it

07/11/2019, 09:07 am

"Sign in with Apple," launching alongside this fall's iOS 13, will make it harder for advertisers and other parties to track people -- but data collection is possible, a report indicated on Thursday.

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Apple's latest transparency report includes government demands for App Store removals, redacted NSLs

07/02/2019, 10:07 pm

Apple on Tuesday published its transparency report for the six-month period ending in December 2018, revealing for the first time government requests to remove apps from the App Store and redacted national security letters dating back to 2016.

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New Apple video ads sell App Store & iMessage security, recycling efforts

07/01/2019, 03:07 pm

Apple on Monday unloaded a burst of short "message" ads on YouTube, continuing its ongoing focus on user privacy and security.

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OpenID Foundation says 'Sign in with Apple' has critical gaps, urges changes

06/29/2019, 11:06 am

The OpenID Foundation this week issued an open letter to Apple's Software Engineering chief, Craig Federighi, arguing that the upcoming "Sign in with Apple" standard bears a lot of similarity to OpenID Connect -- but not enough for privacy, security, and development purposes.

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White House mulls end-to-end encryption ban to aid law enforcement

06/28/2019, 03:06 pm

The Trump administration are looking into the possibility of banning encryption techniques that cannot be broken by law enforcement, a proposal that would weaken encryption as a whole for users and businesses, and could make messaging clients like Apple's iMessage stop using end-to-end encryption.

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NSA admits to second incident of unauthorized metadata collection

06/26/2019, 10:06 am

The U.S. National Security Agency scooped up unauthorized call and text message data in October, representing the second such incident known to the public.

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Facebook VP Nick Clegg attacks Apple over privacy criticism

06/24/2019, 02:06 pm

Facebook vice president of global affairs has attacked Apple in the ongoing feud between the two tech titans over user data privacy, accusing the iPhone maker of being elitist while defending the social networking site's advertising-based model as a way to make it available to everyone.

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Senators want tech companies to reveal dollar value of user data

06/24/2019, 10:06 am

Major tech companies like Apple will have to reveal how much user data is worth to the company, a bipartisan proposal from senators suggests, with the 'Dashboard Act' requiring firms who make money off data collection practices to disclose revenue generated by it, as well as what is being done to protect it.

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Bipartisan 'Stopping Bad Robocalls Act' emerges at US House

06/20/2019, 02:06 pm

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee have introduced a new compromise bill, the "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act," joining other government efforts to halt the tide of unwanted spam calls.

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Used Google Nest cameras connected to the Wink hub are spying on users [u]

06/20/2019, 07:06 am

Second-hand Google Nest Cam Indoor models can send images of your home to the Wink hub of the camera's previous owner, but Google has announced a fix.

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Apple's Tim Cook warns about 'chaos' & surveillance in Stanford speech

06/16/2019, 06:06 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook took an unusually dark tone in part of a Stanford University commencement speech on Sunday, highlighting the "chaos" caused by Silicon Valley, and the threat of corporate and government surveillance.

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Facebook's defunct Research app gleaned private data from 187,000 users

06/12/2019, 06:06 pm

Facebook's Research app, which was banned by Apple in January for violating App Store Review Guidelines, managed to collect personal and potentially sensitive information from some 187,000 users since 2016, according to a report on Wednesday.

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'Sign in with Apple' better than using passwords, says Google authentication chief

06/12/2019, 02:06 pm

The head of Google's account sign-in teams is seemingly positive about Apple's introduction to the authentication space with "Sign in with Apple," revealing in an interview it would be preferable to use Apple's button than to manually enter usernames and passwords.

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