Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

Private Internet Access Android App is ioXt-Certified

As part of our efforts to increase the level of security and transparency in our apps and service, Private Internet Access partnered with the ioXt Alliance to test and certify our Android mobile VPN application.

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

Last November the European group filed a complaint to the German and Spanish data protection authorities concerning Apple's IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) on iPhones, claiming it was equivalent to a tracking cookie being placed by a website without the user's consent, which is against the EU's e-Privacy law.

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Google illegally tracking Android users, according to new complaint

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has filed a complaint against Google in France alleging that the US tech giant is illegally tracking users on Android phones without their consent.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: April 2, 2021

There’s new Android malware on the loose that disguises itself as a “System Update” app.

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

Google to restrict Android apps from viewing other apps installed on the same device

After that date, Android app developers won’t be able to upload new apps on the Play Store that target Android 11 (API level 30) or later and which use the “ QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES ” function.

New Android malware disguises itself as a system update

New Android malware disguises itself as a system update

It is a spyware capable of making the user release complete control of the device to criminals, spy on all their browsing and allow personal data and files to be accessed without much effort – including bank and social network information or stored photos and videos.

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that the company disagrees with this research as it considers essential that both iOS and Android devices send and receive data to the companies behind them, which helps them keep their software up to date and check that everything is working as expected.

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Leith from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, analyzed traffic originating from iOS and Android devices heading to Apple and Google servers at various stages of a phone’s operation, such as data shared: on first startup following a factory reset;when a SIM is inserted/removed;when a handset lies idle;when the settings screen is viewed;when location is enabled/disabled;when the user logs in to the pre-installed app store.

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

This Android malware hides as a System Update app to spy on you

The malware is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and able to steal GPS data and SMS messages, contact lists, call logs, harvest images and video files, covertly record microphone-based audio, hijack a mobile device's camera to take photos, review browser bookmarks and histories, eavesdrop on phone calls, and steal operational information on a handset including storage statistics and lists of installed applications.

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

China-based hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad with malware

Facebook said its investigation found two Chinese companies, Beijing Best United Technology Co Ltd (Best Lh) and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co Ltd (9Rush) had developed the Android tooling deployed by the group.

Google Announced Changes for Android 12

Google Announced Changes for Android 12

The new update brings minor changes to the user interface.While the new version doesn’t make significant Android changes, it does include support for the HEVC video format.Videos encoded in HEVC format will start playing automatically with new updates.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

K-9 Mail is looking for funding

K-9 Mail is looking for funding

Only a few developers working on the project in their spare time wasn’t enough to keep up with the pace of the Android platform.Since right now there’s mainly one person working on the app this is currently not an issue for the K-9 Mail project.

Leaked Screenshots Reveal iOS 14-Like Privacy Features Coming in Android 12

Leaked Screenshots Reveal iOS 14-Like Privacy Features Coming in Android 12

Apple in ‌iOS 14‌ added a little dot in the status bar to let you know if the microphone or the camera is activated, and in Android 12, Google appears to have a similar option.

Location Tracking Apps Vs Niche Mobile Operating Systems — CyberPunks.com

Location Tracking Apps Vs Niche Mobile Operating Systems — CyberPunks.com

To anyone who cared enough to watch my movements, I looked like an idiot as at forty odd points internal and external to any number of buildings, I took out my Android handset and stared fixedly at it for a couple of minutes before snapping a photograph and moving a dozen or so meters further along.

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

According to a Wall Street Journal report, TikTok used a banned tactic to bypass the privacy safeguard in Android to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out.

Salaat First: Another Popular Muslim Prayer App Sells Location Data to FBI, ICE

Salaat First: Another Popular Muslim Prayer App Sells Location Data to FBI, ICE

A popular Muslim prayer app, named Salaat First, found selling users' location data to its partner that has customers with the US government agencies including the FBI and the ICE.Salaat First, which reminds its users about Muslim prayer timings, has been downloaded over 10 million times on Android.

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile has confirmed to Android Police it has shut down a data breach operation that may have harvested a small group of customers' phone numbers, number of lines per account, and call diagnostic metrics.

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

No, Cellebrite cannot 'break Signal encryption.'

Last week, Cellebrite posted a pretty embarrassing (for them) technical article to their blog documenting the “advanced techniques” they use to parse Signal on an Android device they physically have with the screen unlocked.

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group call requirements : Each participant is using the latest version of Signal available for that device: Android v5.0.3 or later iOS v.5.0.0 or later Desktop v1.39.2 or later Each participant is a member of the same Signal New Group chat The group call size limit is five Here's how to start an encrypted group voice or video call: Open the group chat.

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Formally linking the operations of APT39 to Rana, the FBI detailed eight separate and distinct sets of previously undisclosed malware used by the group to conduct their computer intrusion and reconnaissance activities, including an Android spyware app called "" with information-stealing and remote access capabilities.

Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Now anyone with a security key set up on their Twitter account can use that same key to log in from their mobile device, so long as the key is supported.

YouTube self-defence

YouTube self-defence

The most reliable way to block ads right now is to use Firefox with the uBlock Origin plugin (which is also available for Android and other platforms).One of the ways YouTube controls what you watch is by automatically playing a new video just after the one you were watching finished.

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

While root access is generally thought of as a way to flash ROMs or modify the operating system in the Android smartphone world, root access on a Quest 2 means folks would be able to bypass the requirement to log into a Facebook account before being able to use their Oculus Quest 2.

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

However, security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have discovered that these link previews can expose user data in both iOS and Android apps.

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

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