App Tracking Protection for Android is free and blocks trackers it identifies in other apps from third-party companies (those different from the company that owns each app). It is now built right into the DuckDuckGo Android app. It blocks third-party trackers like Google and Facebook lurking in other apps.
On Tuesday, Amazon unveiled a host of new products including Astro, a mobile Alexa robot that can capture every detail of your home’s layout, follow you around on video calls, and apparently even recognize people’s faces.
Facebook’s VP of product marketing has admitted that the new iOS Privacy Updates on iOS 15 has an effect on Facebook’s tracking system.
That’s simply not true, a new ProPublica report on WhatsApp’s content moderation system finds. We knew that WhatsApp moderators exist; that WhatsApp hands over metadata to law enforcement; and that the company has long shared user data amongst its ecosystem of data-thirsty apps. This report gives a clearer picture of the practices which, until now, Facebook has deliberately obscured in its attempt to sell users on a privacy-oriented platform. WhatsApp can read some of your messages if the recipient reports them.
WhatsApp has been fined €225 million for breaking the EU’s data privacy law by not telling its users how it was sharing their data with its parent company Facebook.
In one of the biggest fines relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Irish data regulator applied a penalty more than four times the level it had initially proposed for the messaging service after coming under pressure from other European countries.
The WhatsApp ruling came after Luxembourg fined Amazon a record €746 million in July for breaching GDPR and Ireland fined Twitter €450 million in December for not informing regulators about a data leak within 72 hours.