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 […]

Spyware found targeting Mexican journalists, lawyers and activists

Spyware found targeting Mexican journalists, lawyers and activists

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Spyware has been spotted targeting the phones of journalists, lawyers and television personalities. The Canada-based Citizen Lab and a number of Mexican NGOs identified the spyware’s activities in a recent report. The report uncovers the targeting of 10 Mexican citizens, including journalists, human rights lawyers and public health officials by malware, suspected to be Pegasus […]

Lenders are turning to social media to assess borrowers!

Lenders are turning to social media to assess borrowers!

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VISITING the homes of poor Africans who want to borrow money helps Finca International, an American microfinance firm, weed out likely deadbeats. If an applicant has an indoor toilet, or household gifts from a relative working abroad, that is a good sign. Interviewing neighbours also helps, says Mike Gama-Lobo, who looks after Finca’s operations in […]