The truth behind tech CEOs misleading claims

The truth behind tech CEOs misleading claims

Responding to a question from US Rep. Val Demings, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that “we today make it very easy for users to be in control of their data.” This is only partially true, depending on how you define “control.”.

New ‘unpatchable’ exploit allegedly found on Apple’s Secure Enclave chip, here’s what it could mean

New ‘unpatchable’ exploit allegedly found on Apple’s Secure Enclave chip, here’s what it could mean

All data stored on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices is encrypted with random private keys, which are only accessible by the Secure Enclave.

Facebook says Apple's iOS 14 changes could hurt its ad targeting

Facebook says Apple's iOS 14 changes could hurt its ad targeting

With the update to its mobile devices, Apple will ask users if they want to let app developers track their activity across other apps and websites.In iOS 14, each app that wants to use these identifiers will ask users to opt-in to tracking when the app is first launched.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Prepare for Their ‘Big Tobacco Moment’

Last week, Apple publicized a study by a consulting firm called Analysis Group showing that the 30 percent commission it charges many apps for the right to appear on iPhones is close to what other platforms charge for distribution.

Following security breach, report says Twitter contractors have been caught spying on accounts in the past

Following security breach, report says Twitter contractors have been caught spying on accounts in the past

In this recent attack in which 130 accounts were hacked, Twitter was able to confirm that the hackers got help from employees with access to an internal control panel.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Instagram promises to fix bug after being exposed by always accessing the camera on iOS 14

Instagram promises to fix bug after being exposed by always accessing the camera on iOS 14

We have already covered here some apps that were caught accessing users’ clipboard thanks to a new feature of iOS 14, but that’s not all.The expected behavior, of course, is for the app to access the camera only when necessary — such as when you open the Instagram Stories composer.

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google CEO congressional hearing officially delayed

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were prepared to testify virtually on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee.

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

States probe Apple for potential consumer protection violation

Texas is among a group of states whose attorneys general are probing Apple over potential violations of a consumer protection law, according to a document obtained by the Tech Transparency Project through an open records request and shared with CNBC.

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

That may already be happening — the FBI reportedly used the All Writs Act, the same controversial measure it tried to use to force Apple to hand over iPhone data, to request Kher’s information.The data isn’t very useful during the pandemic, but it could be problematic whenever normal travel resumes.

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

LinkedIn sued over allegation it secretly reads Apple users' clipboard content

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Universal Clipboard application.

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

Apple Makes a Major Privacy Move by Allowing Users to Disable Ad Tracking and Have Greater Insight Into App Permissions

New #iOS 14 allows #Apple users to selectively disable ad tracking by making their unique IDs invisible to apps.

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

68.3% of iOS and 67.5% of Android users will likely deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in.44.8% of iOS and 47.2% of Android users would potentially allow themselves to be tracked, if app owners were to give them proper reasoning in advance.

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

Hong Kong downloads of Signal surge as residents fear crackdown

The surging interest in encrypted messaging comes days after the Chinese government in Beijing passed a new national security law that reduced Hong Kong's autonomy and could undermine its traditionally strong protections for civil liberties.

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

IOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean?

The green light being on does not mean that the camera feed is being recorded and saved; all iOS knows is that the app can access the camera feed at that time.

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

IOS 14 will require apps permission from users to track, causing complaints from Google, Facebook and other companies

This is a measure that Apple has implemented to make sure the apps don’t track us without asking permission or hide the request permission after an interface designed to make us accept without realizing it.

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

Google-backed groups criticize Apple's new warnings on user tracking

(Reuters) - A group of European digital advertising associations on Friday criticized Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) plans to require apps to seek additional permission from users before tracking them across other apps and websites.

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

LinkedIn blames bug for clipboard snooping discovered by iOS 14

The LinkedIn controversy comes a week after TikTok, one of the most popular apps in the world, said it would stop snooping on user clipboards after iOS 14 revealed that it was doing just that.

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

The findings demonstrate how common it is for dialog in TV shows and other sources to produce false triggers that cause the devices to turn on, sometimes sending nearby sounds to Amazon, Apple, Google, or other manufacturers.

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Apart from TikTok, another 53 iOS apps copy data from the clipboard

Shady TikTok Caught Snooping iPhone Clipboard Data Via iOS 14 Privacy Feature — 502 Geek Guy (@Its502geekguy).Security researcher Tommy Mysk told that an additional 53 apps identified in March still indiscriminately capture universal clipboard data when they open, potentially sharing sensitive data with other nearby devices using the same Apple ID.

Clipboard snooping still rife across many popular iOS apps

Clipboard snooping still rife across many popular iOS apps

The clipboard-snooping antics of apps isn't limited to just TikTok, as it has been discovered over 50 apps that were found to be accessing data from the iOS clipboard in March were continuing the practice months later.

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

Not just TikTok. In all, the researchers found the following iOS apps were reading users’ clipboard data every time the app was opened with no clear reason for doing so: App Name — BundleID ABC News — com.abcnews.

Warning—Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users

Warning—Apple Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users

Apple originally dismissed the clipboard vulnerability as an issue, and only provided a fix after significant media coverage of the security research.

TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14

TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14

Apple's new ‌iOS 14‌ feature appears to have been added in response, and apps are no longer able to read the clipboard without users knowing exactly what's going on.

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google says it will no longer save a complete record of every search

Google’s auto-deletion features, by contrast, allow the company to continue to gather user data, and personalise products with it, while reassuring the privacy-conscious that their information will not be stored indefinitely.

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Republicans push bill requiring tech companies to help access encrypted data

Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images A group of Senate Republicans is looking to force tech companies to comply with "lawful access" to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology's security features.The Justice Department has criticized tech companies like Apple and Facebook for embracing encryption, arguing the technology is protecting terrorists and child predators.

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

IOS 14 brings two privacy features that need to come to Android

Part of iOS 14 was a change in the App Store that gives users even more information by way of what Apple calls a privacy summary.

Singapore plans wearable virus-tracing device for all

Singapore plans wearable virus-tracing device for all

REUTERS/Edgar Su. Testing of the small devices, which can be worn on the end of a lanyard or carried in a handbag, follows limited take-up of an earlier smartphone-based system and has further fuelled privacy concerns about contact tracing technology.

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

France Launches Contact-Tracing App Despite Privacy Concerns

The different European apps use low-energy signals shared by devices with Bluetooth technology to anonymously record whether there are people nearby.Like Britain, France rejected new mobile software for tracing apps jointly developed by United States technology companies Google and Apple.

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Apple Warns Looters With Stolen iPhones: You Are Being Tracked

Sunday saw “a fifth straight of rioting and looting, resulting in another wave of arrests.” Apple, among other high-end retailers, has seen its fair share of attacks and has now taken action to protect staff and prevent further damage.