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February 2012 - August 2018


Privacy is a growing concern in today’s world. Follow along with all our coverage related to privacy, security, what Apple and other companies are doing to keep your information safe, and what steps you can take to keep your information private.

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Banks secretly monitoring how you use your phone and computer to detect fraud

Banks are secretly gathering up to 2,000 data points on how you use your phone and computer to help detect fraud. The data used can be anything from the angle at which you typically hold your phone to whether or not you use a numeric keypad when typing numbers on your computer …

The Australian government has today proposed a new law which would require tech companies like Apple to give authorities access to encrypted data on receipt of a warrant. Failure to comply would leave the company liable to fines of up to A$10 million ($7.3 million), and potential jail time.

Apple does already comply with court orders demanding access to encrypted data where it has the means to do so and is satisfied that doing this is legal, but cannot do so for Messages and FaceTime …

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Privacy Stories August 9

Apple has long sought to protect the personal data of its customers, but that reputation was probably most cemented in the minds of the public by the way the company stood up to the FBI. Refusing to compromise its stance on iOS security even in the face of a legal demand by the highest federal law enforcement agency in the land sent an extremely strong message.

But Bloomberg yesterday ran a piece questioning Apple’s commitment to privacy …

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Privacy Stories August 7

The Pentagon has banned deployed military personnel from using smartphones, smart watches fitness trackers and apps with geolocation enabled.

The move was made in response to a serious security risk identified in January, when publicly available Strava data was found to reveal both the locations and layouts of US military bases in countries like Syria and Afghanistan …

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Privacy Stories July 27

One of the scarier things you need to do to gain access to some apps – mostly financial ones – is to prove your identity by uploading a photo of official ID, like a driving license or passport. Most services say that the document will be deleted following verification, but it’s a process that requires a large degree of trust in the company.

This is an issue Telegram sets out to address in a new update hitting the iOS and Android apps today …

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Privacy Stories July 26

Facebook shares fall 25% as company reveals impact of privacy issues

Facebook saw as much as $150B wiped from its value in after-market trading saw the share price fall by 25%. This followed the company warning that its profit margin is likely to fall from its current 44% to the mids-30s for more than two years …

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