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FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week.

The app first went viral in 2017, but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos.

Full article: FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns – The Verge

Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something

Openly Operated is a set of guidelines for auditing how apps and web services deal with user data, like a combination of a report card and a seal of approval. But it’s also a bid to change the terms of the privacy debate.

An OO-certified app or site must meet three criteria. First, it needs to demonstrate “a basic level of transparency” by making its code and infrastructure — among other things — public and fully documented. Second, it needs to lay out its policy in the form of “claims with proof,” establishing what user data is collected, who can access it, and how it’s being protected. Third, those claims must be evaluated by an OO-certified auditor who then makes the audit results public.

Source: Openly Operated wants to make privacy policies actually mean something – The Verge

One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission

Unauthorized data harvesting from mobile apps has continued nearly unabated in the year since Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation came into force last May.

In a recent test conducted for AdExchanger, mobile analytics company Kochava examined the behavior of the top 2,700 apps in the Google Play store in the United States compared with France, where GDPR applies.

Source: One Year Into GDPR, Most Apps Still Harvest Data Without Permission | AdExchanger

Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers

Facebook app developers left hundreds of millions of user records exposed on publicly visible cloud servers.

The larger of the two data sets came from a Mexican media company called Cultura Colectiva. A 146GB data set with information like Facebook user activity, account names, and IDs was found that included more than 540 million records, the researchers said.

A similar data set was also found for an app called “At the Pool.” While smaller, the latter included especially personal information, including 22,000 passwords apparently used for the app, rather than directly for Facebook.

Source: Facebook app developers leaked millions of user records on cloud servers, researchers say – The Verge

MoviePass founder wants to use facial recognition to score you free movies

PreShow is developing an app to earn you free movie tickets – to any film in any theater – if you watch 15 to 20 minutes of high-end advertising.

But PreShow hinges on what some may consider a cost and others consider a bargain: facial recognition. PreShow’s app will only unlock with your phone’s facial recognition technology. And while you’re watching the ads to earn that free ticket, your phone’s camera monitors your level of attention. Walk away or even obscure part of your face? The ad will pause after five seconds.

Source: MoviePass founder wants to use facial recognition to score you free movies – CNET

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?

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