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WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available within the app under a new section. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

Full article: Privacy at your fingertips: WhatsApp working on thumbprint authentication for chats – The Economic Times

How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps

If you quit Facebook or never joined because of its data collecting practices the odds are good the social network is still tracking you – despite your protest.

Facebook collects data of non-users of its social network via dozens of mainstream Android apps that send tracking and personal information back to the social network. Some of the dozens of apps sharing data with Facebook include Kayak, Yelp and Shazam.

Full article: How Facebook Tracks Non-Users via Android Apps | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone

“Stalkerware” apps let abusers monitor their partner’s phones and track their locations—without them knowing.

Here are some things to know about how Stalkerware works and questions to ask yourself if you think someone may be tracking you.

Full article: How to Tell If Your Partner is Spying on Your Phone – Motherboard

Privacy concerns rise as Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch

Facebook Dating, which was previously piloted in Colombia, operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook Dating’s Canadian roll-out comes as the technology giant is embroiled in privacy concerns following a series of data breaches.

Some experts said the dating offering will raise privacy concerns of its own and is unlikely to assuage worries about the platform – even if Zuckerberg previously claimed “we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.”

Full article: Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch, but privacy concerns abound | CTV News

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

Companies that cater to app makers have found ways to game both iOS and Android, enabling them to figure out which users have uninstalled a given piece of software lately—and making it easy to pelt the departed with ads aimed at winning them back.

Full article: Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them – Bloomberg

Google promises tighter and better privacy controls

Google announced plans to improve privacy for customers on Android, Gmail, and other services and apps that make use of Google account data.

The company published findings of an internal project called Strobe; it used the project to analyze how third-party developers interact with Google account and Android device data, and whether interactions affected user privacy.

Google made the decision to shut down Google+, the company’s social networking service, and make a number of other changes to strengthen user privacy by limiting developers or changing existing workflows.

Source: Google promises tighter and better privacy controls – gHacks Tech News

Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions

Google has announced plans to further restrict Chrome extensions in a bid to crack down on the number of malicious extensions found in the Chrome Web Store. The first new measure is to give the users of extensions greater control over which sites extensions can access. The other measures are applied to the extension development process.

Source: Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions | Ars Technica

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

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