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Facebook Launches Three New Portal Devices No One Asked For

Last year, Facebook launched Portal, its first hardware device, to tepid reviews. Today, Facebook is proving it can’t take a hint and is announcing three new Portal products: the Portal Mini, Portal TV, and a redesigned Portal. Read More >>

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YouTube Decides It’s a Good Time to Get Its Shit Together

Following the fiasco over YouTube’s serving ads to kids, the company may be readying to end targeted ads on videos aimed at children – a move that, when taken together with other recent measures, would indicate that at least on some fronts, YouTube is getting its shit together. Read More >>

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Facebook Begins Rolling Out New Tool to See Which of Its Data Pals Are Monitoring You

As Facebook works to undo the damage of years of user data scandals – ostensibly with an overhauled focus on “privacy,” or something – part of that effort has involved rolling out features geared at greater transparency that, quite frankly, should have been introduced years ago. But here we are. Read More >>

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TikTok Could Pay up to £18M in Fines for Not Thinking of the Children

TikTok is under fire once more for not doing enough to protect its teen user base from potential perverts. Read More >>

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42 Million Dating App Records Exposed Online, Leaking User IP Addresses and Location Data

A database containing records of tens of millions of users of various dating apps has been found publicly accessible, according to a researcher who says it remains unclear who amassed the data. Read More >>

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Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Apple of ‘Intentionally and Unlawfully’ Sharing iTunes Listening Data

A new class-action lawsuit claims that Apple is “intentionally and unlawfully” disclosing its customers’ iTunes listening data to third parties in violation of state privacy laws. Read More >>

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Google Introduces New Feature to Auto-Delete Your Location and Activity Data

Knowing that our apps gather boatloads of information about us – some for years – can be unsettling. Google’s various apps are chief among these, and the company said it has heard user requests to make managing their data a simpler process. The company announced Wednesday that it’s rolling out a new feature to allow users to auto-delete their location and activity data after 3 or 18 months. Read More >>

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Researchers Create Fake Profiles on 24 Health Apps and Learn Most Are Sharing Your Data

Using apps to keep track of your medication or look up the symptoms of your latest mysterious illness might be convenient. But a new study out this week highlights the hidden privacy risks of plugging sensitive health information into your smartphone. Namely, that medical apps love to collect your data, but are only sometimes upfront about what they’re doing with it and with whom they’re sharing it. Read More >>

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Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their data sharing methods to protect you against terrorism and child abuse, according to Facebook. Seriously. Read More >>

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Facebook Says It Doesn’t Sell Your Data, But It Considered Selling Access to It, Documents Show

In April, Mark Zuckerberg told a US congressional hearing, “I can’t be clearer on this topic: We don’t sell data.” But just because Facebook doesn’t currently sell data, it doesn’t mean they didn’t actively mull it over. Improperly redacted court documents from February 2017 show that Facebook explored charging companies for access to user data. Read More >>

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In Extraordinary Rebuke, UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents in “an extraordinary attempt to hold the U.S. social media giant to account” after being repeatedly spurned in their attempts to have the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify about its data privacy practices, the Observer reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Cloudflare Promises Faster Internet and More Privacy on Your Phone With New DNS App

Earlier this year, Cloudflare launched its 1.1.1.1 DNS service, and now it’s available for free on iOS and Android. Which means faster, more private internet on your phone. Read More >>

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Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Arse to Clear Your Search History

You’ve probably cleared your local browser history before. Maybe you did it just moments ago. Perhaps you didn’t want your partner, roommate, or coworkers to see what kind of weirdness you’d been searching for. But clearing the activity data that’s on Google’s servers has never been especially easy – deterring many users from clearing the record of their darkest desires and favourite bad memes. Until now Read More >>

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Supreme Court Restricts India’s Colossal Biometric Database

India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s sweeping biometric database does not violate privacy rights. But the panel of five judges did decide to place restrictions on the programme, according to the Times of India. Read More >>

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Top European Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Regime Violates Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled this week that the British government’s surveillance regime violated human rights laws. Read More >>