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FTC Hits TikTok With Record $5.7 Million Fine Over Children’s Privacy

The company will pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that the social media app formerly known as Musical.ly illegally collected information from children under 13.

TikTok must also comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, going forward and take down any videos uploaded by users under 13.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that Musical.ly violated COPPA by failing to require parental consent for users under 13, neglecting to notify parents about how the app collected personal information on underage users, and not permitting parents to request to have their children’s data deleted.

Source: FTC Hits TikTok With Record $5.7 Million Fine Over Children’s Privacy | WIRED

85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy

New data from Duo Security shows that more that 85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions don’t have a privacy policy, meaning developers can essentially handle your data however they want.

Duo also found that 35 percent of Chrome apps and extensions can read data on any site you visit. Nearly 32 percent use third-party libraries with known vulnerabilities, and 77 percent have no support site.

Source: 85 percent of Chrome apps and extensions lack a privacy policy

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps.

In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission. You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge.

Source: Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking | TechCrunch

Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

Imagine this: an enormous tech company is tracking what you do on your phone, even when you’re not using any of its services, down to the specific images that you see. It’s also tracking all of your network traffic, because you’re installing one of its specially-designed routers.

Full article: Google Screenwise: An Unwise Trade of All Your Privacy for Cash

Lawsuit against weather app sign of things to come?

Last week , the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer, filed a complaint against The Weather Channel Product and Technology, LLC (TWC) the company owned by IBM and behind the popular Weather Channel mobile application.

Feuer stated: “[W]e allege TWC elevates corporate profits over users’ privacy, misleading them into allowing their movements to be tracked, 24/7. We’re acting to stop this alleged deceit.”

Full article: Lawsuit against weather app sign of things to come?

WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available within the app under a new section. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

Full article: Privacy at your fingertips: WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats – The Economic Times

How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps

If you quit Facebook or never joined because of its data collecting practices the odds are good the social network is still tracking you – despite your protest.

Facebook collects data of non-users of its social network via dozens of mainstream Android apps that send tracking and personal information back to the social network. Some of the dozens of apps sharing data with Facebook include Kayak, Yelp and Shazam.

Full article: How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone

“Stalkerware” apps let abusers monitor their partner’s phones and track their locations—without them knowing.

Here are some things to know about how Stalkerware works and questions to ask yourself if you think someone may be tracking you.

Full article: How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone – Motherboard

Privacy concerns rise as Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch

Facebook Dating, which was previously piloted in Colombia, operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook Dating’s Canadian roll-out comes as the technology giant is embroiled in privacy concerns following a series of data breaches.

Some experts said the dating offering will raise privacy concerns of its own and is unlikely to assuage worries about the platform – even if Zuckerberg previously claimed “we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.”

Full article: Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch, but privacy concerns abound | CTV News

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