• Sep 13, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming,

Should apps share details of women’s menstruation and sex lives with Facebook and other sites? Some already do

Back in January, Privacy News Online wrote about some important research from Privacy International. It found that 61% of the Android apps it investigated automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens them. This happens whether or not people have a Facebook account, and regardless of whether they are logged into Facebook or … Continue reading “Should apps share details of women’s menstruation and sex lives with Facebook and other sites? Some already do”

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  • Mar 20, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Privacy, Security, Tutorials,

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

When I prepare for travel, I take some steps to make sure that my protected data will not be read or otherwise mishandled by customs. I then follow-up with rigorous steps to ensure that my information and devices maintain their integrity and that I can trust them with the same degree that I did before … Continue reading “Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone”

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  • Jan 12, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps

It will hardly be news to readers of this site that mobile apps are tracking us on a massive scale. And yet a story in the New York Times last month about how apps are routinely monitoring users and their geographical position seems to have shocked many. Indeed, Los Angeles prosecutors were moved by the … Continue reading “People start to wake up to the pervasive third-party tracking that comes with 90% of Android apps”

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  • Dec 15, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it

Privacy News Online has published a number of stories about privacy problems with Facebook. But what the company’s top management really thinks about the personal information it holds – as opposed to its public statements that “Protecting the privacy of the people on Facebook is of utmost importance to us” – has been something of … Continue reading “Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Ashley Perna
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials,

How to Set a Strong Passcode on Your Mobile Device

Without a strong passcode, everything on your mobile device is accessible by anyone. That includes thieves, random co-workers, and local law enforcement officers and the FBI. Even if you only keep your mobile device secure in your pocket or at home, imagine the damage your child could do once they access your Amazon account. Adding … Continue reading “How to Set a Strong Passcode on Your Mobile Device”

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Thousands of Android Apps Are Violating Child Privacy Laws

Thousands of Android apps are violating a law designed to protect the privacy of children using internet-connected devices, research from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) shows. Writing in a newly-published study, a group of ICSI researchers found that most Android apps targeted at children under 13 likely violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act … Continue reading “Thousands of Android Apps Are Violating Child Privacy Laws”

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