Google location tracking results in largest-ever privacy settlement
The tech giant has agreed to pay $391.5 million to 40 US states.
This week, Google agreed to settle the largest-ever privacy lawsuit in history, agreeing to pay over 390 million dollars in a suit that was brought by attorneys general (AGs) in 40 US states. Ellen Rosenblum, the AG for the State o... Read more
Google limits third-party tracking in response to US abortion laws
Google is closing a gap that allowed thousands of businesses to track and sell highly sensitive data from Android smartphones.
Third-party tracking is standard in the mobile app business. For years, companies have tracked and sold the data of Android users of apps for period tracking, pregnancy ... Read more
Popular apps for tracking children are extremely vulnerable
Two of the most popular child-tracking Android apps are vulnerable to data leaks. Most collect the data of minors. Millions of parents put their families' privacy at risk.
The Google Play Store features numerous child-tracking apps. A team from Cybernews decided to investigate the offering. The ... Read more
‘Nearly a quarter of all WiFi probes expose sensitive data’
German researchers captured WiFi connection probe requests from passersby to ascertain the data sent without device owners' knowledge. Almost a quarter of all requests exposed the SSIDs (Service Set IDentifier) of networks that devices had previously connected to.
WiFi probing is a typical proc... Read more
Data authority: ‘Dutch websites should stop tracking users immediately’
The Dutch data and privacy authority (AP) urges Dutch websites to stop using IAB Europe's ad system immediately. The system is estimated to be used by 80 percent of all European apps and websites. According to the AP, the system violates the GDPR and illegaly auctions personal data to advertisers. ... Read more
Zuckerberg: we need to inflict pain on Apple
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told people around him that he thinks Facebook needs to inflict pain on Apple. The two companies are embroiled in a battle over new privacy measures in the App Store.
The quote comes from The Wall Street Journal, which quotes sources inside Facebook. Zuckerberg i... Read more
Privacy activist sues Oracle and Salesforce
In the Supreme Court of England and Wales, software companies Salesforce and Oracle were sued for 15 billion pounds (16.5 billion euros). The plaintiff believes that the two companies are violating GDPR legislation by collecting and reselling personal data.
The main plaintiff is UK privacy activ... Read more
Microsoft announces Azure Maps Creator for creating indoor maps
Microsoft announces the preview of the new Azure Maps Creator tool. With Creator, companies can create their own custom maps of indoor locations such as factories or office buildings.
Azure Maps Creator is part of Microsoft's Azure Maps suite of location services. Azure Maps provides access to T... Read more
Microsoft introduces smart tracking tool Lists for Microsoft 365
Microsoft introduces its new planning tool Lists for companies working with Microsoft 365. The new application integrates Teams, SharePoint and Outlook.
Microsoft announced the new Lists application at the online Build 2020 event. The new tool allows companies to track problems, manage inventori... Read more
Antivirus software Kaspersky has had websites track users for many years