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Twitter disclosed Tuesday that it “unintentionally” used some email addresses and phone numbers for advertising even though the information was provided for account security.
Why it matters: It’s the latest example of a tech company misusing user data.
Facebook was recently fined $5 billion for a similar breach of trust!
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An Associated Press report has revealed that several Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even after users set a privacy setting that is meant to stop Google from doing so.
Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed AP’s findings.
Storing location data in violation of a user’s preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission’s enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer’s lab confirmed the AP’s findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.
“If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” Mayer said. “That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have.”
Google says it is being perfectly clear.
“There are a number of different ways that Google may use location to improve people’s experience, including: Location History, Web and App Activity, and through device-level Location Services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We provide clear descriptions of these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or off, and delete their histories at any time.”
Dozens of game developers are removing data collecting software created by Red Shell after players discovered it was recording their information.
Developers and publishers behind Conan Exiles, The Elder Scrolls Online, Hunt: Showdown, Total War, and others have vowed to remove Red Shell – or have already removed it.
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