User Data

iPhone Apps Continue to Share User Data with Trackers, Ad Companies

In an article published by The Washington Post, it has been highlighted that even though Apple continues to promote user privacy with the rhetoric “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone,” thousands and thousands of App Store apps continue to pass sensitive user data to ad companies, trackers, and research firms. A privacy experiment...

Facebook Saw 773 Requests from Canadian Authorities in Latter Half of 2016

Facebook has today released its latest Global Government Requests Report for the second half of 2016, in which it details the number of government requests it received for user account data, from all over the world. Compared to the first half, Facebook notes that government requests for user account data increased by 9% globally, with a total of 773...

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...

Google, Snapchat and Facebook to Enhance Data Encryption

Leading tech companies of the Silicon Valley, including Google, Snapchat and Facebook, are said to be working on enhancing user data encryption in the light of Apple’s ongoing battles against the FBI, The Guardian is reporting. The move not only indicates that the tech industry is willing to back up its support for Apple with concrete action, but...

Canadian Authorities Asked Facebook 410 Times for User Data in 2015

According to Facebook’s latest biannual report on government data requests, the total law enforcement requests were at their highest level ever at 41,214 for the first half of 2015, which is up 18% from last year, reports The Verge. From Canadian authorities, Facebook received 410 requests for user data, while 508 user accounts were referenced, The report also notes...