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Popular mobile apps aren’t protecting your personal data

Some of the most popular mobile apps are letting just anyone access your personal data. Millions of passwords, GPS locations, and financial records are sitting unprotected in plain sight. Researchers found that of the 27,227 Android apps and 1,275 iOS apps storing their app’s data in Firebase’s backend database systems, 3,046 of these apps saved data within 2,271 unsecured databases that literally anyone could access.

Source: Popular mobile apps aren’t protecting your personal data

How Facebook and Google push users into sharing personal data

Facebook and Google steer us into sharing vast amounts of information about ourselves, through cunning design, privacy invasive defaults, and “take it or leave it”-choices, according to an analysis of the companies’ privacy updates. The Norwegian Consumer Councils just published analysis demonstrates that companies appear to have little intention of giving users actual choices.

The Norwegian Consumer Councils just published analysis demonstrates that companies appear to have little intention of giving users actual choices.

Source: New analysis shows how Facebook and Google push users into sharing personal data : Forbrukerrådet

Twitter, comScore Sued For Allegedly Tracking Kids Who Use Disney Apps

A group of parents who are suing Disney over alleged privacy violations have expanded their case by adding Twitter’s MoPub and comScore as defendants.

The class-action complaint, initially filed last August, alleges that Disney allowed outside companies to embed code that tracked young children who used apps like “Princess Palace Pets” and “Where’s My Water?” Those outside companies include Twitter, comScore, Upsight, Unity Technologies and Kochava, according to the new complaint.

Source: Twitter, comScore Sued For Allegedly Tracking Kids Who Use Disney Apps 06/21/2018

Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases

Apple is trying to make it harder for developers to abuse users’ information collected through apps. Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines with more detailed rules on what developers can do with users’ Contacts address book information. Now, developers cannot make databases using address book information collected from iPhone users, nor can they share or sell such databases to third parties.

Source: Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases | Ars Technica

Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps

Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones, a court case in California alleges.

Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian

Privacy: A Quick Overview for App Designers

Privacy by design and by default is something that all developers will have learn. Here are some basic points app designers should know and take into consideration:

  • Privacy isn’t scary: it’s an opportunity to earn people’s trust.
  • This is about how we handle personal data.
  • Some data are sensitive, and we need explicit consent before collecting them.
  • System permissions for apps are not the same as explicit consent.
  • Everyone is entitled to certain privacy rights: to be informed (Notice), to see the data we collect (Access), to take their data elsewhere (Portability), and to have their data corrected or deleted (Right to Be Forgotten).
  • Here are some design patterns we can use to respect people’s privacy in our mobile apps.

Source: Privacy: A Quick Overview for App Designers – Prototypr

Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR

Unroll.me, a company that has, for years, used the premise of ‘free’ but not very useful ’email management’ services to gain access to people’s email inboxes in order to data-mine the contents for competitive intelligence — and controversially flog the gleaned commercial insights to the likes of Uber — is to stop serving users in Europe ahead of a new data protection enforcement regime incoming under GDPR, which applies from May 25.

Source: Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR | TechCrunch

Apple’s Consumer Data Collection Patents Prove Data Privacy Risks

Looking at Apple’s filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it seems clear that, while Cook and Wozniak may be saying the right things in public, Apple itself might be just as culpable of over-collecting user data behind the scenes.

As a recent article published by The Canberra Times in Australia notes, Apple apps pre-installed on the iPhone were able collect personal information, including the name and location of childcare services, despite the fact that the writer attempted to delete those apps and did not give those apps additional data permissions.

Source: Apple’s Consumer Data Collection Patents Prove Data Privacy Risks

EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for health apps

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has announced the launch of a contest to design mobile health (m-health) applications implementing “privacy by design and by default” principles.

The aim is to create best practices that may constitute a reference for privacy-friendly development of mobile apps and give users more control over their personal information. Participants are challenged to develop a useful and user-friendly m-health application at the forefront of the implementation of the data protection by design and by default principle, as required under the GDPR. The deadline for submissions is the end of June.

Source: EDPS launches ‘Privacy by Design’ contest for m-health apps – Telecompaper

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