Google Account revamped — increased transparency and new security and privacy options

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/21/google-account-revamp/ Google has unveiled a new look for users’ accounts, making information clearer, improving transparency and adding new options. To make it easy to find information, Google has added a … Read more

Privacy: Facebook advertisers must warn users if ads are targeted because of data they purchased

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/13/facebook-data-broker-rules/ The fall out from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues for Facebook, and the social media giant is busy trying to repair its somewhat tattered reputation. The latest measures see … Read more

Adblock Plus blocks social media tracking in Chrome and Firefox

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/09/adblock-plus-social-media-tracking-blocking/ There has been a lot of talk recently about Facebook tracking users (and non-users) as they browse the internet. Ever a proponent of user empowerment, Adblock Plus has unveiled … Read more

New York Times alleges Facebook shared user data with companies via device-integrated APIs

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/04/new-york-times-facebook-privacy-allegations/ Facebook has vigorously denied allegations that it shared user data with the likes of Apple and Samsung through device-integrated APIs. In an article entitled “Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep … Read more

Microsoft updates parental controls and allows for location tracking through Android Launcher

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/06/01/microsoft-launcher-location-tracking-parental-control-msn-kids/ Ever keen to bolster its family-friendly image, Microsoft has revealed a number of updates to parental control options across a range of apps, services and devices. The company says … Read more

How to check which of your conversations Alexa has been recording — and delete them

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/29/check-and-delete-alexa-recordings/ There was concern recently when a couple of Alexa users found that the smart assistant built into their Amazon Echo had not only recorded a conversation they had been … Read more

Apple to add details of government app takedown requests to transparency report

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/26/apple-transparency-report-app-takedown-requests/ Apple has announced that it is to expand the scope of its twice-yearly transparency report. Starting with one of its next report — the one which will cover the … Read more

Amazon Echo secretly records couple’s conversation… and then sends it on to a contact

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/25/amazon-echo-alexa-secret-recording/ There have long been accusations that digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are constantly listening in on and recording conversations, and recent events in Portland, Oregon … Read more

Amazon is selling its face recognition technology to US law enforcement agencies

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/23/amazon-rekognition-facial-recognition/ A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) shows that Amazon has started selling facial recognition software to at least two US law … Read more

Zuckerberg’s appearance in front of the EU was an utter joke

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/23/mark-zuckerberg-fails-to-answer-eu-questions/ Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of members of the European Parliament to answer questions and to address concerns that the EU has about the social network … Read more

Trend Micro launches Zero Browser for iOS — a web browser that protects your privacy

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/05/22/trend-micro-zero-browser-ios/ Trend Micro has a new privacy-focused mobile browser for iOS users called Zero Browser. It has been designed specifically to block a range of tracking techniques, including the invasive … Read more