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Tinder’s Panic Button Partner, Noonlight, Shares Data With Third Parties

Tinder has a proven track record of providing a dating platform to some less-than-stellar men who have been accused of raping—and in one grisly case, dismembering—women they’ve met through the platform.

With the help of a company called Noonlight, Tinder users will be able to share the details of their date—and their given location—in the event that law enforcement needs to get involved. However, it turns out that the app sends data to handful of major names in the ad tech space—including Facebook and Google-owned YouTube—gleaning details about the app every minute.

Source: Tinder’s Panic Button Partner, Noonlight, Shares Data With Third Parties

14% of Android app privacy policies contain contradictions about data collection

An analysis of 11,430 Play Store apps found that 14.2% used a privacy policy with contradicting statements about user data collection practices.

Examples include privacy policies that stated in one section that they do not collect personal data, only to contradict themselves in subsequent sections, where they state they collect emails or customer names — which are clearly personally-idenfiable information. Self-contradictions can lead to the identification of deceptive statements, which are enforceable by the FTC and the DPAs (data protection authorities) of the EU.

Source: 14% of Android app privacy policies contain contradictions about data collection | ZDNet

Facebook is ordered to hand over data about thousands of apps that may have violated user privacy

A Massachusetts judge rejected the tech giant’s earlier attempt to withhold the evidence from state officials investigating its privacy practices.

Massachusetts revealed it was probing Facebook over its data-collection practices in September, an investigation that stemmed from the company’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.

Source: Massachusetts court orders Facebook to hand over data on apps that may have violated users’ privacy – The Washington Post

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data

A new report published today by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) looks at the hidden side of the data economy and its findings are alarming.

Scrutinizing 10 popular apps in Google Play Store, such as Grindr, Clue, and Perfect365, the NCC report’s technical analysis reveals comprehensive tracking and profiling practices. Personal data is systematically collected and shared with dozens of third-party companies without users’ knowledge.

Source: Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds

Facebook is building more secure Instagram messaging app 

Facebook is launching Threads, a new camera-first messaging app from Instagram for keeping up with your close friends in a dedicated space.

Facebook claims it is built with privacy in mind, so that you can feel comfortable using the app to communicate with your close friends.

Read more: Privacy Matters: Threads | Facebook Newsroom

Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You 

The tool is a response to criticism that Facebook has faced over how it safeguards its users’ privacy.

The company introduced a new tool that lets people better see and control the information that Facebook has gathered about their browsing habits outside the social network.

The tool, Off-Facebook Activity, allows users to view the hundreds of sites and apps that share data and customer information with Facebook. They can disconnect the data from their account if they want.

Source: Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You – The New York Times

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week.

The app first went viral in 2017, but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos.

Full article: FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns – The Verge

Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something

Openly Operated is a set of guidelines for auditing how apps and web services deal with user data, like a combination of a report card and a seal of approval. But it’s also a bid to change the terms of the privacy debate.

An OO-certified app or site must meet three criteria. First, it needs to demonstrate “a basic level of transparency” by making its code and infrastructure — among other things — public and fully documented. Second, it needs to lay out its policy in the form of “claims with proof,” establishing what user data is collected, who can access it, and how it’s being protected. Third, those claims must be evaluated by an OO-certified auditor who then makes the audit results public.

Source: Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something – The Verge

One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission

Unauthorized data harvesting from mobile apps has continued nearly unabated in the year since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force last May.

In a recent test conducted for AdExchanger, mobile analytics company Kochava examined the behavior of the top 2,700 apps in the Google Play store in the United States compared with France, where GDPR applies.

Source: One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission | AdExchanger

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