Tag: privacy

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened. Dan Hastings, a senior security consultant at cybersecurity firm NCC Group, analyzed some of […]

Digging into key takeaways from our 2019 Robotics + AI Sessions event

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Brian Heater and Lucas Matney shared their key takeaways from our Robotics + AI Sessions event at UC Berkeley last week. The event was filled with panels, demos and intimate […]

WhatsApp’s Brian Acton to talk Signal Foundation and leaving Facebook at Disrupt SF

“We give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?” That’s WhatsApp founder Brian Acton’s most recent quote about his former employer, Facebook. Acton has seemingly been fueled by his experience running WhatsApp from within Facebook, which has been scrutinized for profiting from […]

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more […]

Popsugar’s Twinning app was leaking everyone’s uploaded photos

I figured the worst factor about Popsugar&#8217s Twinning tool was it matched me with James Corden. Ends up, the thousands and thousands of selfies submitted towards the tool were easily downloadable by anybody who understood where you can look. The popular photo-matching tool is rather simple. &#8220It analyzes a selfie or submitted photo, compares it […]

Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps

Google has scrambled to get rid of third-party apps that brought users to child porn discussing groups on WhatsApp within the wake of TechCrunch’s report about the problem a week ago. We contacted Google with the one these apps and evidence it yet others offered links to WhatsApp groups for discussing child exploitation imagery. Following […]

Consumer advocacy groups call on FTC to investigate kids’ apps on Google Play

A coalition of twenty-two consumer and public health advocacy groups, brought by Campaign for any Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have today filed a complaint using the Ftc asking to research and sanction Google for the way its Google Play Store markets apps to children. The complaint claims that Google features […]

In revamped transparency report, Apple reveals uptick in demands for user data

Apple&#8217s transparency report got much more &mdash well, transparent. For a long time, we’ve got the technology giant released a two times-a-year set of the amount of government demands it received. It wasn&#8217t much to check out at first a seven-page document with simply two tables of information. Every now and then, Apple would add […]

Google ‘incognito’ search results still vary from person to person, DDG study finds

A study of Search results by anti-tracking rival DuckDuckGo has recommended that getting away the so-known as &#8216filter bubble&#8217 of personalized online searches is really a perniciously hard problem for that put upon Internet consumer who just really wants to create just a little impartial space online, free of the suggestive taint of algorithmic fingers. […]