The Big Tech gang is complete. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and now Microsoft were caught listening to user audio queries.
Amazon, Apple, and Google listened to user audio files to help analyze the data. Now we have news that Facebook contractors did the same.
Robocall apps like Hiya, Truecaller, and TrapCall were caught sending your data to data analytics companies.
Jared Newman writes about the iOS 13 Bluetooth privacy feature. When an app needs to access Bluetooth, iOS displays an alert so you can allow or deny the request. Bluetooth can be used to track you, which is why Apple added the feature. I’ve seen these alerts a couple of times running the iOS 13 public beta. I disagree with Mr. Newman though; I don’t think it’s too confusing. Just think about the app and whether it legitimately needs Bluetooth. For example, if you need to connect a device to your iPhone, you’ll need Bluetooth. But apps like Google Maps and YouTube don’t need Bluetooth (and I’ve seen alerts and denied them both).
Prior to iOS 13, apps could use Bluetooth to collect detailed location data from users without explicit permission, using tracking beacons in retail stores and other public locations. Even if users had denied an app access their location data, Bluetooth could have provided a workaround.
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Apple has the power to wisely clamp down on apps that clearly violate our trust and privacy. Look for life to get more difficult for developers who misbehave.
Twitter recently discovered a problem that caused it to send certain data to advertisers under certain conditions without your permission.
A new app called Who’s in Town gives your Instagram followers an interactive map of every place you’ve ever been.
New iOS 13 VoIP rules will affect how WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other messaging apps work to protect customer privacy.
Mad over Facebook’s terrible reputation, Mark Zuckerberg wants to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp to make it clear who owns them.
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