Public health vs. personal privacy: Choose only one?

As the world turns to technology to track and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, could this spell the end of digital privacy rights? Health organizations and governments all over the world are using technology to communicate, track, monitor and predict the spread of COVID-19. In recent years, data has proven to be a valuable resource – … More Public health vs. personal privacy: Choose only one?

Facebook now lets parents monitor their children’s chats

The feature is part of expanded parental controls on the Messenger Kids app aimed at children under 13. Facebook is rolling out a slew of changes to Messenger Kids that give parents more control over how their children use the messaging app. You can review who your kids are interacting with and review their chat … More Facebook now lets parents monitor their children’s chats

Dating apps share personal data with advertisers, study says

Some of the most popular dating services may be violating GDPR or other privacy laws. Unbeknownst to their users, several popular dating apps, including Tinder, OkCupid and Grindr, share detailed personal data on their users with third parties for advertising purposes, a study conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council has found. The details spanned the gamut and … More Dating apps share personal data with advertisers, study says

Facebook bug turns on iPhone camera in the background

A recent update to the Facebook’s iOS app introduced a bug that had some users worried. Earlier in November, several iPhone users started experiencing a mysterious glitch while using the Facebook app. The issue got wider traction once some of them, including Joshua Maddux, went to Twitter to share their experience, CNET reports. The glitch is triggered when … More Facebook bug turns on iPhone camera in the background

Android keyboard app caught red‑handed trying to make sneaky purchases

The virtual keyboard app ai.type, which has racked up 40 million downloads, has been found to sign up users to premium services without their consent. The Android version of the popular virtual keyboard app ai.type has attempted to make over 14 million unauthorized transactions that could have cost the users US$18 million in unwanted charges, … More Android keyboard app caught red‑handed trying to make sneaky purchases

Tracking down the developer of Android adware affecting millions of users

ESET researchers discovered a year-long adware campaign on Google Play and tracked down its operator. The apps involved, installed eight million times, use several tricks for stealth and persistence. We detected a large adware campaign running for about a year, with the involved apps installed eight million times from Google Play alone. We identified 42 … More Tracking down the developer of Android adware affecting millions of users