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App Claims It Can Detect ‘Trustworthiness’

DeepScore, a Tokyo-based company, says its app can determine how trustworthy a person is in just one minute.

Here’s how it works: A person—seeking a business loan or coverage for health insurance, perhaps—looks into their phone camera and answers a short series of questions. Where do you live? How do you intend to use the money? Do you have a history of cancer? DeepScore analyzes the muscular twitches in their face and the changes in their voice and delivers a verdict to the lender or insurer. This person is trustworthy, this person is probably not.

Privacy and human rights advocates are alarmed by DeepScore’s premise—that the minute signals captured by facial and vocal recognition algorithms reliably correspond to something as subjective and varied as a person’s honesty.

Source: This App Claims It Can Detect ‘Trustworthiness.’ It Can’t

WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App

Two apps—Signal and Telegram—are currently the No. 1 and No. 2 free app downloads in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. Millions of users flocked to the chat apps in recent weeks, according to data from Apptopia and Sensor Tower. There are a few factors behind the surge.

One is concern over a privacy-policy update for the Facebook Inc.-owned WhatsApp. (After the initial publication of this article, the company delayed the policy update until May 15.) Meanwhile, the deplatforming of President Trump from prominent social networks following the U.S. Capitol riot has driven people to seek communication tools without moderators and external visibility.

Source: WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and iMessage: Choosing a Private Encrypted Chat App – WSJ

Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy

Google smart speakers are getting a new setting that will allow consumers to significantly boost the privacy of their devices using voice commands, instead of having to sort through menus on the Home app.

The new setting, called Guest Mode, limits the device’s ability to collect data about users’ interactions with Google Assistant on the speaker, while retaining most of the popular functionality, including the option to field questions, play music, set timers, and control smart home devices.

Source: Google Smart Speakers Offer Guest Mode for Privacy – Consumer Reports

Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy?

Vaccine passports, which would allow people with immunity to Covid to prove they were at low risk of spreading the disease, are being investigated by companies and countries around the world. But the proposals have also raised fears among critics that they could underpin an oppressive digital ID system, and put sensitive medical records in the hands of authorities and employers.

Despite the name, a vaccine passport is not a piece of paper; instead, in the most developed versions of the idea, it is an app or similar system that can prove the bearer has been vaccinated, tested positive for Covid antibodies, or recently received a negative test. There would be no need to build and operate a privacy violating centralised database.

Source: Vaccine passports: what are they and do they pose a danger to privacy? | Society | The Guardian

Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data

Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact-tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found.

The report, published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which oversees the government’s spy and eavesdropping agencies, said the app data was scooped up “in the course of the lawful collection of other data.”

Source: Australia’s spy agencies caught collecting COVID-19 app data | TechCrunch

Mobile Users Consented To Share Analytics Data With Developers, Google Argues

Google is urging a federal judge to dismiss claims that it violated mobile users’ privacy by sending analytics data about their web activity to outside developers.

The legal battle, which dates to July, focuses on Google Analytics for Firebase — a tool that allows developers to learn data about consumers’ activity, including the website the user was visiting immediately before visiting the app. Google Analytics for Firebase can also collect data about browsing histories and search queries.

Source: Mobile Users Consented To Share Analytics Data With Developers, Google Argues 12/22/2020

Menstruation apps store excessive information

Menstruation apps are unnecessarily storing personal data such as what medication women are on, their birth control habits and how hard women find it to reach orgasm, privacy campaigners have said.

A study of five leading apps by Privacy International, a UK-based charity, found that companies held intimate information on users including answers to questions about when they have yeast infections and how often they have sex or see a gynaecologist.

Full article: Menstruation apps store excessive information, privacy charity says | Menstruation | The Guardian

Google and Apple are banning technology for sharing users’ location data

Google and Apple are trying to put a stop to X-Mode Social’s code that may be in some of the apps on your phone, tracking and selling your location data.

X-Mode works by giving developers code to put into their apps, known as an SDK, which tracks users’ location and then sends that data to X-Mode, which sells it. In return, X-Mode pays the developer a certain amount based on how many users the app has.

Now, Google and Apple have told developers to remove X-Mode’s code from their apps, or risk getting them pulled from their respective app stores.

Source: Google and Apple are banning technology for sharing users’ location data – The Verge

TikTok expands parental controls to include search, commenting and account privacy

TikTok announced it’s expanding its parental control feature set known as Family Pairing to give parents additional tools to manage various aspects of their teen’s account as well as their privacy on the social video platform.

The new tools will allow parents to set their teen’s account to private, control whether their Liked Videos are visible to others, control who can comment on the teen’s videos and even decide whether the teen is allowed to use TikTok’s search feature.

Source: TikTok expands parental controls to include search, commenting and account privacy | TechCrunch

Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app

“We recognize that your conversations are private,” says Google.

Google is upping the security for at least some of the conversations on its Messages app by adding end-to-end encryption.

It will be rolling out end-to-end encryption on Messages, starting with one-on-one conversations between people using the Rich Communication Services-based version of the app.

Source: Google is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android Messages app | ZDNet

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