Complaint from US watchdog: YouTube illegally collects data on childrenz from US watchdog: YouTube illegally collects data on children

Complaint from US watchdog: YouTube illegally collects data on childrenz from US watchdog: YouTube illegally collects data on children

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Complaint filed with US watchdog which mentions that youtube illegally collects data on children. A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13. The […]

Mozilla vs. Amazon regarding kids privacy protection

Mozilla vs. Amazon regarding kids privacy protection

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Mozilla calls on Amazon to present its privacy information more clearly for the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon’s product page for its new Echo Dot Kids Edition doesn’t mention the words “privacy” or “data.” Mozilla thinks it should. The e-commerce company last month introduced the new, child-friendly Echo device, powered by an Alexa voice assistant that was modified for kids ages 5 to […]

Grindr reportedly shared user's HIV status and location data with third party companies

Grindr reportedly shared user’s HIV status and location data with third party companies

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A data analysis conducted by an outside research firm, and independently verified by BuzzFeed News, shows that Grindr, the popular gay dating app is sharing its users’ HIV status with two other companies. (Update: Late on Monday 2nd of April Grindr said it would stop sharing this information.) The gay hookup app Grindr, which has […]

Video games, data collection, advertisements and privacy

Video games, data collection, advertisements and privacy

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An article talk about video games, data collection, advertisements and privacy, introducing the dark arts of data collection and product placement. Adverts in gaming or advergaming systems are becoming more complex as marketeers resort to techniques that embed advertising deep enough so that earlier ad-blocking attempts no longer work. The market was explored in a talk […]

Android phones reveal user location to Google!

Android phones reveal user location to Google!

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Android phones ‘betray’ user location to Google A majority of Android smartphones collect location data and send it back to Google, even when location services are switched off. News website Quartz reported Android phones gathered information about nearby mobile phone masts and shared those details with Google. One privacy advocate described the finding as a […]

A Google engineer proves any iPhone app with camera permission can secretly record you

A Google engineer proves any iPhone app with camera permission can secretly record you

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This is pretty disturbing. Any iPhone app with camera permission can secretly record you… Google engineer Felix Krause has detailed an alarming privacy setting in Apple’s iOS that enables iPhone apps with camera permission to surreptitiously take photos and videos of you – without your knowledge. Clarification: Krause has since contacted TNW to clarify that […]