privacy

WhatsApp Announces Screenshot Blocking and More Privacy Features

WhatsApp parent company Meta today announced new privacy features for the popular communication app. "Today, we’re introducing new privacy features that provide interlocking layers of protection and give you more control over your messages on WhatsApp," Meta said in a news release. The new features include the option to hide your 'Online' status on WhatsApp,...

Amazon Gives Ring Doorbell Footage to Police without Warrant: Report

Amazon has admitted to handing over footage from customers' Ring doorbells to police in the U.S. 11 times so far this year alone — reports The Intercept. The company's vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, divulged the information in a letter to Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., earlier this month. Huseman was responding to an earlier...

DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser Doesn’t Block Microsoft Trackers as Part of Deal

[caption id="attachment_365768" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image: DuckDuckGo[/caption] According to security researcher Zach Edwards' recent security audit of the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser for iOS and Android, the browser allows Microsoft trackers on third-party websites while blocking all others (via BleepingComputer). On Facebook parent Meta's workplace.com, Edwards discovered that the DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser allowed trackers related to the bing.com and linkedin.com domains while...

Apple Touts ‘Privacy on iPhone’ Features in Latest Ad [VIDEO]

Apple’s latest video uploaded to its YouTube channel is titled ‘Privacy on iPhone’, showcasing its privacy features such as App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection, which it says will "help you control who sees your data and who doesn’t." The video details a user’s information being sold at an auction, but once enabling privacy...

Apple’s Ad Business Surges After New Privacy Changes on Rivals: Report

  According to a report from the Financial Times, the market share of Apple's app advertising business, 'Search Ads', has grown threefold in the six months following the introduction of the company's 'AppTrackingTransparency' framework. The AppTrackingTransparency framework is designed to prevent competitors like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo from tracking iPhone users across apps and targeting...

iPhone App Privacy Just Slightly Better than Android, Says Oxford Study

Even though Apple champions privacy as one of the biggest selling points of the iPhone, a recent in-depth study from the University of Oxford examined 24,000 apps from Apple's App Store and Google Play to conclude that the iPhone provides the same level of app privacy as Android, with "broad" third-party tracking rampant on both...

Apple Criticized for Not Adopting Universal ‘Do Not Track’ Feature for Safari

[caption id="attachment_338814" align="aligncenter" width="701"] Image: Apple[/caption] According to Wired, there's a universal "Do not track me or sell my personal data" button for all websites across the internet that some privacy-focused internet browsers have started to incorporate, but Apple, a longstanding and outspoken proponent of user privacy, hasn't. In 2018, the state of California passed the...

Apple’s Latest Ad Touts ‘Privacy on iPhone’ [VIDEO]

Apple has shared a new ad touting its App Tracking Transparency feature, part of iOS 14.5. "Choose who tracks your information," explains the hilarious ad. "App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w4qPUSG17Y Apple shared more about the feature last month: https://youtu.be/Ihw_Al4RNno...

Clubhouse Records Your Conversations and More, According to List of Privacy Concerns

After going through popular audio-only social media app Clubhouse's Privacy Policy, Inc.'s Jason Aten has discovered that the platform not only records every conversation that takes place on it, but there's also a number of other red flags. According to the app's Privacy Policy, it records all conversations that take place inside its rooms, but only retains the recordings...

Privacy Concerns Emerge Following Apple OCSP Server Outage [Update]

Update Nov. 15, 7:54PM PST: Apple has clarified the situation to iPhone in Canada and also detailed its privacy protections in macOS and further explained what caused slow loading apps. Our original story is as follows below. == Shortly after the release of macOS 11, Apple’s OCSP server went down for the first time on […]

US Lawmaker Urges Apple and Google to Provide Users More Data Privacy Info

A top US Democrat wants Apple and Google to force app developers to provide information on data privacy to their users, amid concerns raised by federal officials that China and Russia pose a national security risk through mobile applications. According to Financial Times, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, chairman of the subcommittee on nationwide safety inside Home Oversight, wrote to...

New iOS 13 Location Privacy Features are Reportedly Working

Apple's iOS 13 update has dramatically reduced the amount of user location data being shared with apps, particularly whilst they aren't in use. According to a new report from Fast Company, background location data has fallen off by 68 percent and foreground data by 24 percent since the rollout of iOS 13. Jared Newman explains: Apple's...