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Google Knows Where You Are, Even If You Turn Off Location History: Here's How To Stop It

Users who want to protect their location data from Google will have to do more than just deactivating the Location History feature. Apparently, they will also have to disable Web & App Activity, which is buried under Google's menu.

Google August 14, 2018

Smartphones Listening To Conversations? Researchers Discover Another Way Of Spying On Users Instead

Northeastern University researchers determined that smartphones are not secretly listening to user conversations, a conspiracy theory that has been present over the past few years. However, they found that apps are spying on users in another way.

Security July 5, 2018

Facebook Bug Temporarily Unblocked People On The Social Network: 800,000 Users Affected

A Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people that users have previously blocked on the social network. Facebook has apologized for the error, which is the latest in a string of privacy issues that include the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Google's 'Dirty Secret' Allows Third Party Apps To Read Gmail Messages

Reports say Google lets third-party developers read private Gmail messages of users. Google said that the developers have been vetted before reading the messages.

Google July 3, 2018

Facebook Bug Made Private Posts Go Public: 14 Million Users Affected

Facebook revealed that a software bug may have made supposedly private posts on the social network go public. The social network will reach out to the 14 million users affected by the bug to have them check their Facebook posts.

Security June 8, 2018

Steam Spy Returns, But Not Really: Here's What Changed With The Sales Tracker For PC Games

Steam Spy was shut down because of new Steam privacy policies that made it impossible for the website to make accurate PC game sales predictions. The service is now back, but certainly not better than before.

Video Games April 28, 2018

Facebook Revealed That It Is Reading Messages: Here's How People Are Freaking Out

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company scans messages and checks the links and photos. People took to Twitter to react to the revelation.

Life & Style April 5, 2018

Facebook And Cambridge Analytica, Explained: Should You Join The #DeleteFacebook Movement?

Facebook finds itself in a massive scandal over supposedly lax privacy measures that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to acquire and retain personal data from the social network. Meanwhile, the #DeleteFacebook movement is now gaining steam.

Security March 21, 2018

Smartphone Apps Are Selling Your Location Data: Can You Do Anything To Protect Your Privacy?

Smartphone owners are allowing their apps to track them and sell their location data. However, with some of the world's most popular apps needing to track locations to function properly, is there really a way to protect user privacy?

Security March 5, 2018

Android P Will Not Allow Background Apps To Access Your Smartphone's Camera And Microphone

Android P code spotted by XDA Developers revealed that the upcoming operating system will prevent background apps from accessing the cameras and microphones of smartphones. This will make it much harder for hackers to invade the privacy of their victims.

Google February 21, 2018

Smart TVs Are Vulnerable To Hackers And Collect Too Much Data, Consumer Reports Says

An investigation by Consumer Reports revealed that smart TVs by Samsung and Roku carry easy-to-find flaws that hackers can exploit. The study also found that the internet-connected appliances may be collecting too much information from its viewers.

Smart Home February 8, 2018

Some Mobile Games Listen To What You Watch On TV: Here's How To Stop It

A New York Times report exposed Alphonso, a start-up that created software for apps to secretly listen to what users watch on TV. Here's how you can stop the data collection practice.

Security December 30, 2017

Google Admits Collecting Android Users' Location Data, Even When You Don't Want To Be Tracked

An investigation revealed that Google has been collecting information on the locations of Android devices through nearby cellular towers. The tracking happens even when users made the usual steps to prevent it.

Google November 22, 2017

Law Enforcers Serve Apple Search Warrant For Texas Gunman’s iPhone: It’s Apple vs FBI All Over Again

Apple has been served a warrant to unlock the phone that belonged to a shooter responsible for killing 26 people in Texas. But like its tussle with the FBI over the San Bernardino case, Apple may not relent.

Business Tech November 20, 2017

Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany: Regulators Want Parents To Destroy The Devices

Germany's Federal Network Agency has banned smartwatches for kids from being sold in the country, and has urged parents who have already purchased the devices to destroy them. Here's the reason behind the decision.

Wearable Tech November 18, 2017

Eavesdropper Bug Discovered In Almost 700 iOS And Android Apps: Careless Developers To Blame

Mobile security firm Appthority discovered a new vulnerability among iOS and Android apps that it named the Eavesdropper bug. The blame for the security mishap are the careless developers of the nearly 700 affected apps.

Security November 10, 2017

Is Facebook Secretly Listening To Your Conversations Via Mobile Apps?

Facebook might be listening to its users’ private conversations to target relevant ads for them based on keywords. True or not, fear of consumer technology being able to spy on its owners is a legitimate fear.

Security October 31, 2017

Google Deserves Praise For Addressing Google Home Mini Privacy Concerns Very Quickly

The Google Home Mini was recently the subject of controversy for recording audio clips without the user's permission. Google made the unprecedented move of disabling one of the main features of the smart speaker before its release.

Google October 12, 2017

Here's How To Remove Your Private Medical Records From Google Search Results - And Why You Should

Did you happen to see your private medical records turn up on Google Search? If you did, then you can have it removed by asking Google to take them down.

Internet June 24, 2017

Facebook Profile Picture Guard And Other Tools Aim To Protect Women In India

Facebook has kicked off a new pilot program in India to give users more control over who can access and use their profile photo. With guarded photos, the social network aims to prevent misuse.

Internet June 22, 2017

Could New Shared Libraries Feature In Google Photos Bring Privacy Issues?

Google has updated its popular picture app with some new sharing features. Could the new Google Photos have some privacy issues though?

Google May 19, 2017

UK Wants WhatsApp Backdoor Access Amid Privacy And Security Concerns

The UK's bid to gain access to WhatsApp following the London attack has stirred another round of controversy in the encryption debacle. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to secure communication and a backdoor would create a dangerous security loophole.

Security March 28, 2017

Worried About Privacy Breaches? Here Are Cybersecurity Tips To Lock Out Intruders

Cyberattacks and privacy breaches have worried many about the safety and security of their IoT devices. Here are a few tips that can ease your worries about cybersecurity.

Security March 12, 2017

EU Watchdogs Still Concerned For Windows 10 User Privacy After Changes By Microsoft In Creators Update

Despite the changes that Microsoft will implement in the upcoming Creators Update, authorities in the European Union are still concerned for the data privacy of Windows 10 users. Apparently, the additional measures are not enough.

Microsoft February 21, 2017

Smart TV Tracking You? Here's How To Stop It From Spying On You

Your smart TV tracking you isn't really a big surprise, but that doesn't mean it's OK. Here are a few ways to stop it from spying on you and keeping tabs on your viewing habits.

Security February 8, 2017

Evernote Updates Privacy Policy, Lets Employees Read Users' Notes: You Can't Opt Out Of It Either

Evernote has recently updated its privacy policy that lets its employees look at user data, a prospect that has caused outrage among its users. The new policies take effect Jan. 23, 2017.

Apps/Software December 14, 2016

Facebook Ordered To Stop Collecting WhatsApp Users' Data In Germany

Germany's privacy watchdog has ordered Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp users' data and delete everything that has already been sent to it, saying that the company didn't get the approval of the messaging app's 35 million users in the country.

Business Tech September 27, 2016

Surprise: Instagram Stories On Web Means Easy, Permanent Download Of Those 'Ephemeral' Moments

A Chrome extension recently rolled out for Instagram, allowing users to see Instagram Stories on the web. With this extension, however, it's incredibly easy to download 'ephemeral' videos for non-ephemeral safekeeping.

Internet August 13, 2016

Lawsuit Reveals Silent Circle's Struggles: Nobody Is Buying Its Privacy-Focused Blackphone

Blackphone maker Silent Circle received a lawsuit from Geeksphone, the company's former joint venture partner, over a $5 million payment due from its buyout agreement. The court documents reveal that Silent Circle is struggling to sell its privacy-focused smartphone.

Business Tech July 8, 2016

Facebook Allegedly Tracks Phones' Location To Serve Friend Suggestions: How To Turn This Off

An unsettling Facebook practice has come to light: tracking your phone's location to serve up friend suggestions. This creepy feature could raise several privacy concerns, but you can choose to revoke Facebook's access to your location — here's how.

Apps/Software June 29, 2016

Is Facebook Eavesdropping On Your Private Conversations To Serve Better Targeted Ads?

The world has been buzzing recently on concerns that Facebook is listening on users' private conversations. The company now offers an official statement on the matter, explaining when and why it needs that permission for microphone access.

Apps/Software June 4, 2016

How To Stop Your Phone From Spying On You: Privacy Tips From Edward Snowden

Famed whistleblower Edward Snowden shows 'Vice' some steps toward 'going black.' This procedure will keep smartphones from spying on their owners.

Security May 27, 2016

Privacy And Security Concerns Are Keeping Many Americans Offline

Whether they hit or they miss, they're still hurting people. Now, about half of the Web-browsing households in the U.S. have been deterred from expressing opinions and taking care of business online.

Internet May 16, 2016

Microsoft Gets Rid Of Controversial Wi-Fi Sense Password Sharing Feature In Latest Build

Microsoft will be removing a controversial Wi-Fi feature from Windows 10.

Microsoft May 11, 2016

NYC Hospital To Pay $2.2 Million For Allowing Reality TV Show To Film Patients Without Consent

New York Presbyterian submits itself for a corrective action plan after losing a case filed against it in Federal court. NYP maintains it did not violate any HIPAA rules despite court ruling.

Public Health April 22, 2016

Apple Supports Claim As World's Most Effective Security Organization

From the start, Apple has been keen on protecting its user’s private information from prying eyes. The preventive measures the company incorporates into each Apple device may just support this claim, detailed in this report.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2016

Planning To Visit Japan? Soon You Can Pay Things Using Just Your Fingerprint

Japan plans to eliminate the use of anything involved with payment methods like cash, cards and smartphones. Its government is introducing a revolutionary technology that uses just the swipe of a finger, literally.

Gadgets April 12, 2016

This Startup Issues Virtual Credit Cards To Protect You From Card Fraud

A startup is offering to make online payments safer by allowing people to use disposable credit card numbers. The service, named Privacy, is free and is available as a Chrome extension and an app for iOS and Android devices.

Apps/Software March 28, 2016

San Bernardino Massacre Pits Apple Against The US Government: Here's The Lowdown On Privacy Versus National Security

The U.S. government is making an unprecedented move, using centuries-old legislation, to go after Apple. Meanwhile, the tech company says it has done everything in its power to comply with previous government requests, but it will fight this latest order.

Legal February 22, 2016

Not All Americans Care About Giving Up Their Privacy: Here's What They're Willing To Trade Their Personal Information For

A new study revealed that Americans have an 'It Depends' attitude over privacy issues when given specific scenarios. Check out what would make a situation acceptable for people to risk their privacy for.

Society January 15, 2016

Sen. Franken Questions Student Data Collection In Letter To Google

Sometimes, you just need to go to the source.

Legal January 14, 2016

The Privoro Smartphone Case Is The Ultimate Guard For Your Privacy

Privoro has announced a smartphone case designed to keep the user's smartphone as safe as possible when it comes to hackers and those trying to steal personal information.

Gadgets January 8, 2016

Nursing Home Workers Post Photos Of Naked, Abused Patients On Snapchat

An investigative report revealed disturbing cases of nursing home abuses, with workers sharing photos or videos of patients on social media including Snapchat. The review disclosed 35 cases of this form of privacy violation in nursing homes since 2012.

Society December 24, 2015

Facebook Says More Governments Are Requesting For User Data

In the biannual report issued by Facebook on government requests for private user data, the company reported a surge in the first half of 2015. Up to 60 percent of those requests came from the US.

Internet Culture November 12, 2015

Belgian Court Tells Facebook To Stop Tracking Non-Facebook Users Or Face $269,000 Fine A Day

Facebook risks to face a daily $269,000 fine if it doesn't stop tracking the activity of online users. A Belgian court imposed the order, saying that the social networking company has 48 hours to comply.

Legal November 10, 2015

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