Uber is bringing major changes to its privacy controls that will allow users to easily manage their data. With the latest update, the Uber app will get a dedicated “Privacy Setting” menu where users can easily control how the company collects information about them. Continue reading “Uber improves privacy controls for better data management”
LINE messenger is the latest instant messaging app that is getting more serious about user privacy and introducing end-to-end encryption. The Japanese messaging service is referring end-to-end encryption as “Letter Sealing”. Continue reading “LINE to roll out End-to-end Encryption by default from July 1”
Blackberry was ordered by the Pakistani government to shutdown its operations in the country by November 30th. Since then, the order has been extended till the 30th of December after which Blackberry will exit the country.
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Earlier this year during MWC, we had met the folks from Sikur who told us that they were working on a smartphone called GranitePhone. The smartphone as the name suggests is aimed at protecting the users data and maintaining privacy.
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WhatsApp failed to compete with other tech companies and lagged behind last when it comes to protecting user data from government requests, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
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Sources say that Google is planning to give users more control over privacy on their Android phones. They will be able to determine what sort of information a particular application can access.
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With an aim to protect user conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping, WhatsApp messenger has rolled out end-to-end encryption with TextSecure protocol from Open Whisper Systems.
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Xiaomi has clarified that its smartphones are not a security threat. The Chinese smartphone maker has made the clarification after the Indian Air Force (IAF) had issued a circular to its 175,000 personnel to shun the use of Xiaomi smartphones either by them, or their family members on suspicions that the company is using their phones to spy on its users on behalf of the Chinese government.
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Thanks to whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden, privacy has become a public topic of discussion these days, which is always a good thing. On that note, earlier today, an article from ocworkbench claimed that Xiaomi’s Redmi Note smartphone is uploading data to Chinese servers, without explicit user permission. Considering Xiaomi is from China, a country which has been accused of spying on civilians in the past, the issue made its way to mainstream internet thanks to the virality of social media. But it was just one part of a story. We had reached out to Xiaomi to understand what the other side of the story is like, and they finally have an answer. Hugo Barra, the company’s public face for its International operations, has taken to social networks, to explain how the company is, in fact, not invading user privacy.
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California-based Whatsapp inc., the ubiquitous internet messaging service that rapidly became popular on all SmartPhone platforms has been facing privacy issues since its humble beginnings, but it was stepped up another notch when Dutch and Canadian privacy investigators found some disturbing violations relating to how Whatsapp handles the contacts library. However, once the investigation was over, with Whatsapp offering to fix some flaws quickly, the issue seems to be partly resolved. But authorities say it is far from over, and there is more work to be done, from Whatsapp’s end.
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