Apps

Cell Phone Apps Gather User Data Using Ultrasonic Signals: TV Viewing, Precise Location in Stores, etc.

By B.N. Frank If you’re concerned about your privacy, it was reported last year that U.S. government tracking software had been installed in hundreds of mobile apps. Of course, businesses have always been very interested in customers’ personal habits too. A 2018 article provides more details about how software apps collect user data often without…

Senators Express Privacy Concerns Over Proctoring Apps

By Jason Kelley and Lindsay Oliver Last week, five Senators joined the chorus of privacy advocates, students, and teachers expressing concern over surveillance proctoring apps being used to watch students remotely during exams. “You must be able to demonstrate that you are respecting students’ privacy,” the Senators write–and so far, that just doesn’t seem to…

List of Coronavirus Apps That Are Tracking Us

By B.N. Frank Experts continue to warn about the privacy risks and violations associated with apps and other invasive technology being implemented for COVID-19 (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) some of which has been reported as being dangerous and/or not effective. In May, MIT Technology Review provided a list of virus tracking apps….

European Union Moves To Outlaw Encrypted Apps

Authored by Eric Striker, The European Union is moving to ban end-to-end encrypted communication.  An EU council of ministers resolution spearheaded by French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the conservative Austrian People’s Party would mandate that apps such as Telegram, Signal, and WhatsApp provide European intelligence services with backdoor access in order to allow…