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U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones

Anomaly Six LLC , a small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide.

Virginia-based company founded by two U.S. military veterans with a background in intelligence, said in marketing material it is able to draw location data from more than 500 mobile applications, in part through its own software development kit, or SDK, that is embedded directly in some of the apps.

Source: U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones – WSJ

Google ‘Spying’ On People’s App Use, Lawsuit Claims

Google employees “spy” on smartphone users, collecting their sensitive data and information about their use of other companies’ apps, New York resident Robert McCoy alleges in a new class-actioncomplaint.

The lawsuit centers on “Android Lockbox,” a program that “allows Google employees to spy on how Android Smartphone users interact with non-Google apps,” according to McCoy’s complaint, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Source: Google ‘Spying’ On People’s App Use, Lawsuit Claims 08/07/2020

Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

Canada’s privacy regulator is admitting the government’s contract tracing app can’t provide a 100% guarantee of anonymity.

“True anonymity, technically speaking, would require the complete and permanent impossibility of reversing the data processes at play, which could reveal sources of personal information and so re-identify individuals,” says Vito Pilieci, spokesman for Canada Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.

“Our understanding of the situation is that while the identification of users would be highly improbable, it would not be impossible.”

Source: Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

COVID-19 contact tracing apps create privacy pitfalls around the world

Contact tracing apps have the power to amass personal data that reveals your movements, activities and relationships.

The potential harm from contact tracing apps came into focus at Defcon, an annual gathering of hackers that’s taking place online this week. Two presentations focused on the privacy failings of contact tracing apps. The verdict is clear: The apps have a tendency to collect information they don’t need.

Source: COVID-19 contact tracing apps create privacy pitfalls around the world – CNET

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

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