Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

Two-Thirds of iPhone Users Expected to Block Ad Tracking

The initial outlook for the number of users giving consent to track looks bleak, with a median opt-in rate of just 32 percent, according to an analysis of 300 apps across 2,000 devices from AppsFlyer, a mobile marketing and attribution company.

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

FTC fires back at Facebook, calling it an illegal 'personal social networking' monopoly

It’s amusing to note that this movie about how yippies turned yuppies (Kevin Kline’s Harold, the host of the gathering, has gotten rich by opening a chain of “Running Dog” sneaker stores) was itself an element in a synergistic corporate-branding strategy.

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

Your 'smart home' is watching – and possibly sharing your data with the police

But the reporting on Ice’s use of utility records is a powerful reminder that it’s not just flashy gadgets that increasingly watch our every move; there’s also a large and ever-growing economy of data brokerage, in which companies and government agencies, law enforcement included, can buy up data on millions of Americans that we might not even think of as sensitive.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

Are smartphone apps that constantly monitor a person’s movements and actions the future of parole – and parenting?

An interesting article in the Guardian points out that some parole systems are moving on to a more “humane” version of the ankle bracelet to track people, based on smartphone apps.

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

2 out of 3 People Never Read Mobile App Privacy Settings

The survey found that a large majority of people report NEVER checking privacy settings on mobile apps.Age played a major factor, with 72.6% of people under 35 saying they never read mobile app privacy settings.

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

The change is likely related to Apple’s upcoming rollout of iOS 14, which will require developers to get users’ permission to track their data across apps for targeted advertising.Making personalized ads mandatory allows TikTok to target advertising to some extent as more people opt out of cross-app tracking.

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency

The China Advertising Association, a government-backed group with approximately 2,000 members, has introduced CAID, a method to identify and track iPhone users in the country, reports the Financial Times.

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple Launches All-in-One Web Page With Privacy Labels for Its Own Apps

Apple today updated its privacy website with a new "Labels" section that brings privacy labels for all of Apple's apps together in one place, making it easier for users to learn about how Apple apps handle their personal data.

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies

Google is slowly phasing out third-party tracking cookies, and today, it’s making it clear that it won’t just replace them with something equally invasive despite the impact the change will have on Google’s lucrative advertising business.

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google on Wednesday clarified its plans for targeted advertising, promising not to use other ways to "track" users around the internet after it ends support for cookies in Chrome by early 2022.The company said in a blog post it will only use "privacy-preserving technologies" that rely on methods like anonymization or aggregation of data.

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

Firefox 86 Introduces Total Cookie Protection

In combination with the Supercookie Protections we announced last month, Total Cookie Protection provides comprehensive partitioning of cookies and other site data between websites in Firefox.Total Cookie Protection is an evolution of the First-Party-Isolation feature, a privacy protection that is shipped in Tor Browser.

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

Walmart's terrifying shopping cart design measures your speed and heart rate

For Walmart, which is investing in blockchain to track food suppliers and which has already patented technology to eavesdrop on customers in stores, it's another sign that retail is changing.

Browser ‘Favicons’ Can Be Used as Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track You Online

Browser ‘Favicons’ Can Be Used as Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track You Online

According to a researcher, though, these icons can also be a security vulnerability that could let websites track your movement and bypass VPNs, incognito browsing status, and other traditional methods of cloaking your movement online.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Says Apple's Privacy Changes are Self-Serving and Anti-Competitive

Zuckerberg said that Facebook sees Apple as one of its biggest competitors, claiming that the privacy changes will help Apple services like iMessage and FaceTime that compete with Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Apple’s next iOS 14 beta will begin forcing developers to ask for permission to track you

Called App Tracking Transparency, the new opt-in requirement will mark a significant shift in how mobile app developers are able to collect data on iPhone owners and share that data with other firms to aid in advertising.

Firefox 85 Cracks Down on Supercookies

Firefox 85 Cracks Down on Supercookies

In Firefox 85, we’re introducing a fundamental change in the browser’s network architecture to make all of our users safer: we now partition network connections and caches by the website being visited.Trackers can abuse caches to create supercookies and can use connection identifiers to track users.

A preliminary look at privacy labels in iOS VPN apps

A preliminary look at privacy labels in iOS VPN apps

Apple has split the privacy labels into two types depending on whether the information collected is used to track you, or is not linked to you and used for things like app functionality.VPN Apps Privacy Labels: Data used to track you and Data linked to you.

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

Facebook Criticising Apple’s iOS 14 Privacy Changes is a Hypocrisy

During WWDC 2020, Apple had announced a new iOS 14 privacy-based feature that sent chills down the spine of advertisement agencies.framework only a month away, Facebook is trying to sabotage it by running campaigns to pressurize Apple into postponing the new iOS 14 privacy feature.

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

Facebook Runs Second Full-Page Ad Criticizing Apple, Says Opt-In Tracking Will Make the Internet Worse

For the second consecutive day, Facebook is running a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post that claims Apple's tracking change will harm not only small businesses, but the internet as a whole.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

Apple fires warning shot at Facebook and Google on privacy, pledges fight against 'data-industrial complex'

Apple fires warning shot at Facebook and Google on privacy, pledges fight against 'data-industrial complex'

Speaking at the European Data Protection and Privacy Conference on Tuesday, Apple's senior VP of software Craig Federighi made a number of pointed comments about how “some tech companies” would prefer it if Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency (ATT) feature was “never implemented at all.”.

Introducing Cover Your Tracks!

Introducing Cover Your Tracks!

Panopticlick was about letting users know that browser fingerprinting was possible; Cover Your Tracks is about giving users the tools to fight back against the trackers, and improve the web ecosystem to provide privacy for everyone.

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Six Tips for Using a Burner Phone to Enhance Your Privacy – Spycraft 101

Whether you are living and working in a high-threat environment or period of civil unrest, worry about being vulnerable to hacking of your financial data or online profiles, or are simply an advocate for personal privacy and liberty, it’s important to understand the methods by which you are tracked, and by whom, and for what purpose.

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

A new law passed by California voters in the November election will set an unprecedented standard for digital privacy in the US, making it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to track people's data.

Here’s how to get all the data that Google has on you

Here’s how to get all the data that Google has on you

But while another company with questionable privacy practices Facebook occupies the social level of human behavior, Google with its Search can reach the deepest personal layers of a person.Step 2: Go to the to use the new Google Takeout feature.Be aware that extracting your data and deleting it are two different processes.

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Starting in early 2021, Apple's operating software will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their advertising identifier, a key number used to deliver targeted ads and check how ad campaigns performed.

Everything You Need To Know About Browser Cookies

Everything You Need To Know About Browser Cookies

When you go back to a website over and over your browser will remember the preferences you like through cookies.A session cookie is used to remember what you have in your cart as you browse an online store.

Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

Some companies are making the most of this shift by using tools powered by artificial intelligence to track and analyze their salesforce’s virtual pitches.“You definitely miss the lunch, the dinner, the happy hour,” says Jeramee Waldum, vice president of global sales at MavenLink, a maker of project management software whose dozens of once-traveling salespeople are now stuck behind webcams.

Visitor Analytics announces the launch of a website analytics module that needs no cookie consent

Visitor Analytics announces the launch of a website analytics module that needs no cookie consent

Earlier this week, the team at Visitor Analytics, announced the addition of a feature that allows website owners to track their visitors without prior consent, while ensuring them that they are also in compliance with personal data privacy laws such as GDPR, CCPA or LGPD.Visitor Analytics is positioned as a privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics and other similar services.