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Viber migrates to scoped storage for better app, user data protection

When Android 10 was released, it came with a concept called scoped storage, and Google hinted that Android 11 will require all apps – existing and new – to use Scoped Storage. Developers still have time until the end of 2021 to adopt the new change that helps protect apps and data on external storage. […]

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Apple’s Craig Federighi Highlights iOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur Privacy Updates in New Interview

iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur include some notable privacy updates that offer useful privacy protections for those that invest in and use Apple’s range of iPhones, iPads, and Macs. In an interview with Fast Company, Apple software chief Craig Federighi highlighted all of the new privacy features that users can look forward […]

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Signal Encrypted Messenger Rolling Out New Face-Blurring Tool for Shared Images

Encrypted messaging app Signal is rolling out a new face-blurring feature that automatically locates and blurs faces in images shared over the platform. In a blog post announcing the update, Signal co-founder Moxie Marlinspike explained that the tool was a response to a surge in traffic, spurred by ongoing protests around the world against racism […]

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WeChat reportedly monitors messages from international users too

It’s not a secret that China heavily monitors the Internet traffic within its country and for its citizens, to the point where messaging apps are censored and surveilled. But with the global popularity of the WeChat app, it looks like they’re expanding its monitoring scope to those users that are based abroad. A detailed study […]

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Xiaomi denies violating their users’ privacy with data collection

Usually, Huawei is the Chinese OEM in the midst of privacy and security issues. However, the past few days, Xiaomi has been put through the wringer after a Forbes article showed that their Mi Browser was collecting data even in incognito mode. They have finally issued an official statement, denying these claims and clarifying what […]

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Apple and Google in ‘Standoff’ With UK Health Service Over COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Apple and Google are said to be in a “standoff” with the UK’s health service over its plans to build an app that alerts users when they have been in contact with someone with coronavirus. Apple and Google announced on Friday that they are working together on Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies […]

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Zoom can expose video calls, video conferences

This pandemic coronavirus has truly shaken the rest of the world. It’s not just one country, the whole world is now affected. If there’s one good thing about the situation is that some technological innovation has become more popular. Since most people are on quarantine right now, socialization is limited. Social distancing is now normal […]

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Zoom Accused of Misleading Users With ‘End-to-End Encryption’ Claims

Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app’s encryption claims are misleading. Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever. […]

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U.S. Government Using Mobile Ad Location Data to Track Compliance With Curbs on Movement

The U.S. government is using smartphone location data from the mobile ad industry to track people’s movements amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have received the anonymized data about people in areas of “geographic interest,” with the aim being to […]

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Israel Passes Emergency Law to Track and Trace Mobile Users With Suspected COVID-19

Israel has passed emergency measures that will allow security agencies to track the smartphone data of people with suspected COVID-19 and find others they may have come into contact with (via BBC News). The Israeli government said the new powers will be used to identify people infected with coronavirus and make sure they’re following quarantine […]

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MI5 Argues for ‘Exceptional Access’ to Encrypted Messages

The director general of Britain’s Security Service is arguing for “exceptional access” to encrypted messages, in the ongoing battle between authorities and technology companies, reports The Guardian. MI5 head Andrew Parker MI5’s director general has called on technology companies to find a way to allow spy agencies “exceptional access” to encrypted messages, amid fears they […]

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Ring Doorbell Android app sharing your data with analytics groups

Ring doorbells are very useful to most people when it comes to checking out and surveilling their surroundings, neighbors, and homes. However, not many customers know the doorbells are also being used to check out their stuff and are being shared with third-parties. This means the company uses their doorbells to surveil the customers themselves. […]

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Facebook Login Notifications alert you when interacting with 3rd party apps

Facebook has been widely criticized for its privacy and security practices and yet, a lot of people still use it not just to network but to log in to websites and apps. It’s of course pretty convenient but comes with possible risks. The social network giant is now introducing a new feature called Login Notifications […]

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Apple’s Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors

Apple’s chief privacy officer attended a discussion panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to debate the state of consumer privacy, marking the first time in 28 years that Apple has been at CES in an official capacity. David Becker via Getty ImagesJane Horvath, Apple’s senior director for global privacy, joined […]

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Facebook to finally stop using 2FA numbers for “people you may know”

Two-factor authentication has been pretty helpful in preventing unauthorized access to your online accounts by getting a confirmation code whenever you try to log in. However, Facebook has also been using the numbers registered for 2FA for other purposes like targeted advertising and to populate the “people you may know” suggestions. Previously they have stopped […]

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