09/26/2011, A while back there was an issue with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform. Much like other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, it appeared at that time that WP7 was collecting user location data, the same data that landed Apple in hot soup. However Microsoft claimed that WP7 does not collect user location data unless the user explicitly gives their consent. A WP7 jailbreaker by the name of Rafael […]
09/20/2011, One of the things that people love doing with Foursquare is checking in when they’re at home – most of the time it ensures that they’ll at least be a mayor in one location on the map. However, it’s not always a good idea to do so, thanks to the wonders of the internet – stalkers (and other people with malicious intentions) can use this information to their advantage. But […]
09/14/2011, How many times have you given out your number only to wish that you haven’t? It could be to a sales person at the mall, a guy/girl you’ve met at the bar while drunk, or a friend’s friend who later turned out to be weird. It could be any of those situations and more, but now they can’t seem to stop texting or calling you for various reasons, and short […]
09/09/2011, If you happen to be rocking to the AVG Virus Scanner on a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, might you be a little bit more cautious as we bring you word that the AVG Virus Scanner for Microsoft’s mobile platform has been pulled. The reason behind that? Privacy invasion. It seems as though AVG decided that users aren’t that savvy enough at the moment, hence injecting some spyware into their software […]
09/02/2011, The other day we reported that two HTC devices – the Sensation and EVO 3D – were reported to have a system app called CIQ which seems to be collecting data regarding the apps you use, how long you use it for, etc. At that time it was suspected that the data collected was being sent to a cloud server which could be accessed by HTC and other companies to […]
09/01/2011, Worried about your privacy? If you are, perhaps you may want to hold off from updating your HTC Sensation and EVO 3D to the latest Gingerbread OTA. Why? It appears that a commonly used Sense system app called CIQ added a new feature in the OTA which they’re calling “User Behavior Logging”.
08/31/2011, While geotagging your photographs is a great way for you to organize your photo collection and to let people know where you’ve been, it can also be a massive give away of your privacy. In case you’re not sure, geotagging is the act of tagging your photographs with location data. This means that people looking at your photographs will be able to pinpoint the map where the picture was taken. […]
08/26/2011, Don’t you just hate it when you’re sending an email or text message on your phone, or just surfing the web, and the person sitting next to you can’t help but keep peering over your shoulder? Some of you guys out there may not care, but for others who may be sending sensitive or personal messages or emails, a recently published patent by Apple could take care of that problem […]
08/23/2011, After receiving a lot of flak over its image recognition service for photo tagging and the recent competition from Google+, it looks like Facebook is making some changes to the way people can share their posts, photos, and tags. Users will soon be given the ability to decide who gets to view their posts with sharing options that will be more visual and straightforward instead of being buried inside the […]
08/18/2011, What’s tougher than a cookie? A supercookie of course! Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard the term before – even though it’s something most of us encounter on a daily basis, it’s just that we don’t know it. The Wall Street Journal has recently reported that a large number of web services such as Hulu and MSN have been discovered to be using supercookies.
08/16/2011, The collection of user data is a sensitive issue as it raises all sorts of questions regarding privacy. It can be as innocent as requesting for an email address and right down to questionable when collecting and storing a user’s location without their knowledge. The FTC has recently slapped W3 Innovations with a $50,000 fine for the collection of data of children from their apps without their knowledge.
08/16/2011, At a presentation hosted by Marie Claire magazine about cyber-bullying and social media today, Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook’s creator), she stated that Facebook might be forcing everyone to use their real names on their profiles. Apparently anonymity leads to irresponsible behavior on the internet (i.e. bullying, harassment) and the social network wants to put an end to that.
08/11/2011, Facebook has been known to “go Rambo” on user privacy, but it seems that LinkedIn may just be following the same path. It seems that by default, accounts are setup to agree to this: “LinkedIn my use my name, photo in social advertising”. I just checked my account (opened a long time ago), and that’s true (at least, in my case). To be honest, I’m not quite sure when this […]
07/26/2011, Forget about Netflix and Facebook ever getting integrated – not in the US anyways, as the Video Privacy Protection Act that came to pass in 1988 prevents the disclosure of people’s video rental information, and companies who are daring and bold enough to flout the law can be subject to a fine of $2,500 – for each infraction, of course.