Articles about Privacy

Microsoft Edge Found To Be Importing Data Before Users Give It Permission
Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser has started to roll out to users, and we imagine that given how much of a memory hog Google’s Chrome browser is, some users might be looking to make the switch. To make things easier for users, Microsoft has given users the option to import their browser data from other browsers to Edge.

Singapore Offers Bluetooth COVID-19 Trackers To Senior Citizens Without A Smartphone
To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracing comes into play. This is used to help trace the path of the infection to see who the infected person might have come into contact with, which in turn allows authorities to reach out to them to get them tested and also possibly quarantined to reduce the spread as much as possible.

Besides TikTok, More Than 50 iOS Apps Have Been Caught Snooping On Your Clipboard
The other day, it was reported that popular music app TikTok was snooping on the clipboards of iOS users. This is actually thanks to a new feature in iOS 14 in which it will notify users whenever an app accesses their device’s clipboard. Now upon further investigation, TikTok is not alone in doing this.

iOS 14 Will Support Encrypted Drives
Attaching an external drive to the iPad is pretty easy and straightforward, and thanks to Apple finally introducing a dedicated file manager with the Files app, users will be able to browse the contents of their drive pretty easily. The good news is that if you do rely on encrypted drives and would like to access them on the iPad, that will be possible soon enough.

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iOS 14 Will Make It Even Harder For Advertisers To Track You
Several years ago, Apple made some changes to its Safari browser in which it would make it harder for advertisers to track you. Basically Safari came with a new smart cookie blocker where it would stop cookies from tracking users across multiple websites, thus reducing the chances of you seeing targeted advertisements.

TikTok Caught Accessing iOS Users’ Clipboards, Promises They Will Stop
Apps do many things in the background that we might not necessarily be aware of, which is why companies like Apple and Google have built in permissions into apps where developers will need to ask for permission in order to access certain features of our phones, like photos, cameras, microphone, and so on.

US Senators Propose A Bill To End ‘Warrant-Proof’ Encryption
In the past, companies would have to fight requests from law enforcement agencies whenever they are asked to hand over information about their customers. These days, it has gotten a lot easier in the sense that tech companies are handing the encryption keys over to their customers.

The City Of Boston Will Be Banning The Use Of Facial Recognition Based Surveillance
While some parts of the world, facial recognition based surveillance is being adopted, there are some part of the world where the technology is being banned, such as the city of Boston where the city council has announced that they will be banning the use of the technology where it would prohibit city officials from using it.

iOS 14 And macOS Big Sur Will Introduce Massive Improvements To User Privacy
Apple has long touted themselves as a company that values the privacy of its users. In fact with the upcoming updates to iOS and macOS, it seems that Apple will be making those commitments to privacy even more upfront-and-center, starting with changing how certain privacy features work by making them an opt-in feature.

Zoom’s End-To-End Encryption Will Now Be Available To All Users, Not Just Paying Customers
Zoom has come under fire in the past few months over certain privacy and security issues. The company then announced that they would be taking steps to beef up their security and privacy, and one of those changes would be end-to-end encryption. However, the downside is that this feature would only be available to paying customers.

Hackers Have Found A Way To Spy On Conversations Using A Light Bulb
In the past, we have heard of various attempts to spy on users through all kinds of methods, such as hijacking your computer’s webcam/microphone, smart speakers, and so on. However, it seems that hackers might have discovered a potentially new way to spy on people using nothing more than an ordinary light bulb.

Facebook Testing Face ID, Touch ID Locking For Messenger App
If you don’t like it when people use your phone and go through your messages, then here’s some potentially good news for you. Facebook appears to be testing out protecting its Messenger app with Face ID or Touch ID (depending on your device), meaning that you might be soon able to biometrically protect your messages from prying eyes.

iOS 14’s Call Recording Feature Will Not Be Released To The Public
The other day we reported on what appeared to be a sketchy rumor that suggested that one of the features of iOS 14 is the ability to natively record calls. We said that this was sketchy because call recording has all kinds of legal ramifications, and secondly, for a company like Apple that loves to tout their commitment to privacy, it seemed a bit strange.

Privacy Flaw Exposed WhatsApp Users’ Phone Numbers In Google Search
While we do give out our phone numbers quite a bit, it’s a different story when we willingly give it out versus having it listed without our knowledge or permission. Unfortunately for WhatsApp users, it seems that due to a privacy flaw, it accidentally exposed users’ phone numbers in Google search listings.