surveillance

Facebook Bans Developers From Using Its Data For Surveillance Purposes

On Monday, Facebook announced that it will no longer allow third-party tools to access user data for purposes of surveillance. The company wrote the following in a statement: “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools...

Apple Formally Objects to UK Surveillance Law

Apple has expressed major concerns over the UK government's investigatory powers bill, saying it would weaken the security of the "personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens," reports the Guardian. “We believe it would be wrong to weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers so that it will also be weaker for the...

British, Canadian Governments Used ‘BADASS’ to Spy on Smartphones

According to a report by The Intercept (via iMore), a secret surveillance program called ‘BADASS’ was used by the British and Canadian governments to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of numerous advertising and analytics companies. BADASS gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from iPhones and other devices, which can give whoever is looking at it confidential information...

Apple Closed Surveillance Loopholes in iOS 8 Says Researcher

Jonathan Zdziarski spilled gas on the initial round of iOS surveillance reports with his research paper and talk at the HOPE/X conference, where he outlined a number of risks of remote surveillance. Now the security researcher is back with new a blog post, saying that with iOS 8 Apple has addressed some of the vulnerabilities...