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Amid #DeleteFacebook Scandal, Dating App Bumble Will Let Users Log In Without A Facebook Account

Dating app Bumble changed its login and registration system to bypass Facebook altogether. The change goes into effect on April 17 as a response to the whole #DeleteFacebook scandal.

Apps/Software April 16, 2018

Facebook Messenger Monitors Users' Messages, But For Good Reason

Facebook went under fire for scanning users' conversations on Messenger, but it reportedly has a good reason for it. The company says Facebook Messenger values users' privacy, but it does monitor certain types of content to keep things clean.

Apps/Software April 6, 2018

1Password's New Feature Lets You Check If Your Password Has Been Stolen

Users subscribed to 1Password can now try out a new security function. The service can now check if a password has been compromised or not.

Apps/Software February 24, 2018

Facebook Denies Targeting Emotionally Insecure And Vulnerable Kids, But Admits To The Research

A recent report sparked serious questions regarding Facebook's ethics, revealing research to target emotionally vulnerable users. Facebook now admits to the research, but says it never targeted users based on their emotional state.

Internet May 2, 2017

Verizon AppFlash Launcher Baked Into Its Smartphones Is Basically Spyware, Warns EFF

Verizon teamed up with Evie for a new app launcher called AppFlash, which will be preinstalled on Verizon devices. U.S. privacy advocate EFF warns that AppFlash is essentially spyware and deals a heavy blow to user privacy and security.

Apps/Software March 31, 2017

Google Could Remove Millions Of Apps From The Google Play Store Next Month

Google is asking developers to make sure they have a privacy policy in place or else their app could get removed from the Play Store next month.

Apps/Software February 10, 2017

Facebook Knows A Lot About Your Offline Habits, Buying Third-Party Data To Serve Better Targeted Ads

Facebook has been steadily purchasing user data from third-party data brokers, including information such as household income estimates, shopping habits, and more to serve better targeted ads. Opting out is not impossible, but it's rather cumbersome.

Internet December 31, 2016

Evernote Admits It 'Messed Up' And Backtracks On Policy Change, Reaffirming Commitment To Privacy

Evernote has apologized for its newly proposed policy change, promising to make amends. The company CEO says Evernote 'messed up,' but it does value user privacy and it will not implement the controversial changes.

Apps/Software December 16, 2016

AT&T Reportedly Getting Rich By Spying On Customers And Selling User Data To The Government

AT&T has reportedly been mining user data for profit as part of project 'Hemisphere.' The carrier apparently gave law enforcement access to customer data even without warrants, as long as they paid up and stayed quiet.

Security October 27, 2016

Edward Snowden Warns Against Google Surveillance: 'Don't Use Allo'

Want a messaging app with a side of surveillance? That's Google Allo for you, according to Edward Snowden, who warns against using the app.

Apps/Software September 22, 2016

Brazzers Compromised By Massive Hack: 800K Accounts Exposed

Brazzers users got their accounts compromised after a data breach hit the sister forum of the porn website. About 800,000 accounts were leaked, with emails, usernames and passwords up for grabs.

Internet September 7, 2016

What Privacy? Microsoft's Windows 10 Collects More Data Than Ever, EFF Warns

Windows 10 collects an 'unprecedented amount' of data and has little to no respect for user choice and privacy, the EFF points out. The organization slams Microsoft's 'downright malicious' tactics, urging the company to change its ways.

Security August 24, 2016

Windows 10 Tracking And Data Collection Gets Microsoft In Trouble In France

France's Chair of the National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has given Microsoft three months to change its Windows 10 practices regarding privacy, security and user data collection. Otherwise, the company could face steep fines of up to $1.65 million.

Microsoft July 23, 2016

Reddit Confirms It Now Tracks All External Links You Access, But You Can Opt Out

Reddit has completed its outbound clicks rollout, now tracking everyone's external links. Should you not want to be tracked, you can opt out.

Internet July 8, 2016

Viber Defends Its Encryption Implementation: No Backdoors, No Cryptographically Insecure MD5 Algorithm

Viber flipped the switch for end-to-end encryption on Wednesday, but experts worried it may have used the cryptographically insecure MD5 algorithm. In response, Viber said that it did not use MD5, and it will not offer any backdoors under any circumstance in any country.

Apps/Software April 21, 2016

Viber Adds End-To-End Encryption, Following Footsteps Of WhatsApp And Apple

Viber added end-to-end encryption to protect all conversations between individual users and groups on its network. All Android and iOS users are required to download Viber version 6.0 for the encryption to take effect.

Apps/Software April 20, 2016

Tim Cook Says No Back Doors Allowed, Privacy Baked Right Into Apple Products

Tim Cook tells his stance on privacy and security, saying that back doors are not allowed. Apple is determined to keep user data safe, maintaining its consumers' trust.

Business October 5, 2015

Belgium Drags Facebook To Court Over Violation Of Privacy Laws

Belgium's Privacy Commission has announced that it is taking Facebook to court over its privacy practices. The watchdog accuses Facebook of inappropriately using and collecting data from users and non-users for advertising purposes.

Legal June 16, 2015

Apple Warned by Chinese Authorities to Ensure Security and Privacy in its Products

Apple should protect the privacy of its users if it wants to enter China. CEO Tim Cook promised that the company would never reveal customer information to any third-party nor create backdoors in its products.

Business December 11, 2014

Tech companies file amicus briefs as Facebook battles DA over user privacy

A number of tech companies have joined forces in support of Facebook's appeal over protecting users' data. This comes after government officials last year got broad warrants for data from 381 users and a gag order placed against Facebook.

Legal August 13, 2014

Condoleeza Rice as Dropbox board member: Why people are worried?

Dropbox has taken Condoleeza Rice on its board, and critics said it's like adding insult to injury and is cause for much worry. Find out why.

Business April 10, 2014

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