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Apple App Store Privacy Policy to be Updated

App Store rules will oblige developers will have to disclose how users’ personal data is used, safeguarded and shared under a new privacy policy.

In the release posted on the App Store Connect page to announce the new rules Apple did not refer to the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation as an influencing factor behind the changes. However, the amendments seem to mirror the requirements of GDPR.

Source: Apple App Store Privacy Policy to be Updated Following Introduction of GDPR – Compliance Junction

Consumer Privacy Concerns Regarding Fintech Apps Remain High

Nearly one-third of U.S. banking consumers use online and mobile fintech apps to help manage their money. But those users are concerned about data privacy and want more control over the financial data their apps can access. The research shows consumers would trust financial institutions as custodians of their data.

Source: Fintech Apps: Consumer Privacy Concerns Remain High

Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears?

Consumer apps such as WhatsApp are widely used by businesses as a free and easy method of mobile communication, but they have a downside – they aren’t fully secure and they aren’t GDPR compliant when used in the work place. In July 2018 WhatsApp was named by mobile device security company, Appthority , as one of the apps most often blacklisted by businesses.

Read article: The app trap: Why consumer messaging apps raise business data security fears

Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages

A cybersecurity company said it had discovered a flaw in WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with 1.5 billion users, that allows scammers to alter the content or change the identity of the sender of a previously delivered message. WhatsApp, however, says it is still safe, and what Check Point Software discovered was a system operating as it was intended.

Source: Cybersecurity Firm Finds Way to Alter WhatsApp Messages – The New York Times

Consumers are not acting on privacy concerns when using mobile applications

Consumers are becoming concerned about their privacy when using mobile applications, finds a survey carried out in the US, but they are not acting on the concerns. The survey, from Kaspersky Lab, found that 61% of people are uncomfortable with sharing their location information with websites and applications.

Source: Consumers are not acting on privacy concerns when using mobile applications

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

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