Oops! Google Did It Too! App Analysed People’s Traffic in Exchange For Gift Cards!

(TechCrunch.com, 30/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: It looks like Facebook was not the only one abusing Apple’s system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users.[…] Google has been running an app called Screenwise Meter, which bears a strong resemblance to the app distributed by Facebook Research that has… Read More

Facebook’s Spy App Emphasises Need For Better Kids Consent

(TechCrunch.com, 31/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: Facebook  could face fresh scrutiny in Europe following a TechCrunch reporton its use of a VPN app to monitor people’s smartphone activity — including teenagers as young as 13. […] If it turns out that European teens have been participating in the research effort Facebook could face another barrage… Read More

HB Monthly Wrap – January

January Facebook Q4 Earnings Results (FB, 30/1/2019) Apple Q1 Earnings Results (Apple, 29/1/2019) Will Facebook, Instagram And WhatsApp Be Unified Under The Same Platform? (The New York Times, 25/1/2019) Bing Was Blocked For Two Days Behind The Country’s So-Called Great Firewall (ABC, 25/1/2019) Google Fined $57M Under The GDPR By French Watchdog (CNBC, 21/1/2019) Ops! Microsoft Bing Seems To Have A… Read More

Oops! Facebook Did It Again! An App Analysed People’s Traffic in Exchange For Money

(TechCrunch.com, 29/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook  has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity […]   Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research… Read More

First GDPR Fine for Google From the French Data Protection Watchdog

(TechCrunch.com, 21/01/2019) TechCrunch.com reports: The CNIL,  the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding process. […]… Read More

Privacy Activists Filed Complaints to Major Streaming Companies

(The Verge, 18/01/2019) theverge.com reports: A series of complaints brought under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), filed by an Austrian privacy activist, accuse eight major streaming companies of failing to comply with European Union law. […] The latest challenges have been filed by the privacy group noyb, led by activist Max… Read More

Huge Database with Millions of Personal Data Left Unprotected for Months

(TechCrunch, 15/01/2019) techcrunch.com reports: An unprotected and exposed server storing millions of call logs and text messages has been found by a security researcher. […] Back in November, another telecoms company, Voxox, exposed a database containing millions of text messages — including password resets and two-factor codes. This time around, it’s a… Read More

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