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Congress wants Apple and Google to clamp down on foreign apps

Congress is calling on Apple and Google to clamp down on apps that weren’t born in the USA.

Trump’s administration is currently mulling a complete ban of any Chinese software but, while that debate is ongoing, Congress wants the two largest mobile platform holders to begin clamping down on foreign apps in less radical ways.

Source: Congress wants Apple and Google to clamp down on foreign apps

Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date

A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn’t use an app for 90 days. Facebook said 5,000 apps continued to receive user data regardless.

The incident is related to a security control that Facebook added to its systems following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of early 2018.

Source: Facebook says 5,000 app developers got user data after cutoff date | ZDNet

TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data

Passwords, bitcoin addresses, and anything else in clipboards are free for the taking.

The privacy invasion is the result of the apps repeatedly reading any text that happens to reside in clipboards, which computers and other devices use to store data that has been cut or copied from things like password managers and email programs. With no clear reason for doing so the apps deliberately called an iOS programming interface that retrieves text from users’ clipboards.

Source: TikTok and 53 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data | Ars Technica

Trump 2020 app is collecting huge amounts of user data on voters

Researchers have raised concerns over the level of access requested by the Trump 2020 app, including Device ID, call information, and Bluetooth pairing.

US President Donald Trump’s campaign app collects a ton of information about its users. And he’s refashioning it in a bid to get himself re-elected.

Source: Trump 2020 app is collecting huge amounts of user data on voters – Decrypt

Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps

Attorney General Letitia James is calling on two major tech companies to protect consumer information and privacy as New Yorkers and Americans across the country continue to battle COVID-19.

In letters penned to Apple and Google, AG James is urging both companies to make sure that existing and future third-party contact tracing apps published through Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store do not inappropriately collect and retain users’ sensitive information. The letter also asks that the companies make it clear to consumers the difference between apps launched by governmental public health agencies, meant to notify individuals they may have been exposed to the virus, and third-party contact tracing apps, which could possibly take advantage of consumers for financial gain.

Source: Attorney General pens letters to Apple, Google urging them to protect consumer privacy on COVID-19 tracing apps – amNewYork

Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning

One of the first national coronavirus contacts-tracing apps to be launched in Europe is being suspended in Norway after the country’s data protection authority raised concerns that the software, called “Smittestopp,” poses a disproportionate threat to user privacy — including by continuously uploading people’s location.

Following a warning from the watchdog Friday, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said today it will stop uploading data from tomorrow — ahead of a June 23 deadline when the DPA had asked for use of the app to be suspended so that changes could be made. It added that it disagrees with the watchdog’s assessment but will nonetheless delete user data “as soon as possible.”

Source: Norway pulls its coronavirus contacts-tracing app after privacy watchdog’s warning | TechCrunch

UK contracts grant Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

The contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate. The documents show the tech firms were set to build data models for commercial purposes from NHS training data before being challenged.

Source: UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data • The Register

New Android Flaw Affecting Over 1 Billion Phones Let Attackers Hijack Apps

New Android Bug Affecting Over A Billion Phones Could Let Malware Hijack Legitimate Apps.

A security vulnerability affecting Android that malicious apps can exploit to masquerade as any other app installed on a targeted device to display fake interfaces to the users, tricking them into giving away sensitive information.

Dubbed ‘Strandhogg 2.0,’ the new vulnerability affects all Android devices, except those running the latest version, Android Q / 10, of the mobile operating system—which, unfortunately, is running on only 15-20% of the total Android-powered devices, leaving billions of rest of the smartphones vulnerable to the attackers.

Source: New Android Flaw Affecting Over 1 Billion Phones Let Attackers Hijack Apps

UK’s COVID-19 tracing app launched before DPIA completion

It has emerged that the UK’s Coronavirus Test and Trace programme failed to complete a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) prior to its launch.

Rolled out on May 28, the NHS Test and Trace Service is said to help the UK return back to normal life after the pandemic by tracking down and isolating those who have been in contact with anybody who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Source: #Privacy: UK’s COVID-19 tracing app launched before DPIA completion

Lawmakers to unveil bipartisan privacy bill to regulate contact-tracing apps

Senate lawmakers plan to unveil a bipartisan bill on Monday that would regulate contact-tracing and exposure-notification apps, seeking to ensure new digital tools meant to combat the coronavirus don’t come at the expense of users’ privacy.

The proposal, called the “Exposure Notification Privacy Act,” would erect federal guardrails around Silicon Valley’s nascent efforts to track people’s movements and alert them whenever they come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19. Democrats and Republicans led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) say the legislation is necessary to ensure tracking isn’t forced on those who don’t want it — and to ensure any data that’s collected isn’t put to commercial use.

Source: Lawmakers to unveil bipartisan privacy bill to regulate contact-tracing apps – The Washington Post

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