Survey shows that over 70 percent of people don’t want Glass due to privacy worries

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google-glass-xlGlass is having a rough go of it in regards to privacy concerns. There’s been a back and forth involving the worries that Glass violates the privacy of those around people wearing the tech. While there have been countless of stories involving the fact that, no, Glass does not actually violate privacy and isn’t always recording folk, people are still apprehensive. It’s only going to get worse.

In a study done by market research firm, Toluna, 72 percent of the American populace won’t be purchasing Google Glass because of privacy worries. They’re worried that there will be hacking, unwarranted photography and video filming and so on. While the initial buzz about Glass showed that people were genuinely interested in the product, its public presence has been a bit jaded as of late. With misconceptions by mainstream media furthering people’s apprehension, Google’s gone on the offense with a post showcasing everything Glass isn’t.

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WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new privacy settings, other additions

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Popular messaging app WhatsApp, recently acquired by Facebook, updated their Android app to add some new privacy settings and other enhancements. WhatsApp beta testers have had access to the new features for several days. The privacy settings let users limit who can see their status, profile photo, and “last seen.” More information on what is new, along with download links, are available after the break. » Read the rest

Facebook changes privacy settings on deceased members’ “memorial accounts”

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In the past, there has been some controversy surrounding Facebook’s policy that applies to accounts of deceased members. Before now, after a Facebook member passed away, the only people able to view the deceased person’s account are his/her Facebook friends, regardless of his/her former privacy settings before he/she died.

Now, the privacy settings on the person’s account will remain, so that if the user’s settings were more or less limited, their wishes before death will be honored.

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Privacy Guard receives new feature in CyanogenMod 11

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If you’ve taken a quick gander over in CM11′s Privacy settings, you’ll see that a new feature has been added. Over in the advanced AppOps view, a new panel has been added showing apps that start up upon your device booting up. This allows you to pick and choose which apps you would like to disable upon booting up.

Certainly a cool feature if you ask me. Out of curiosity, any of you guys use CM as your daily ROM?

source: CM’s Google+

Decision from Supreme Court pending on whether police need warrants to search cell phones

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Privacy is a bigger issue than it’s ever been before— and there are certainly some rules that needed to be checked up on, especially within government. There is currently a pending Supreme Court ruling on whether police need warrants to search cell phones. This is a pretty important ruling, as it will decide a lot in terms of precedents for the future of the privacy rights of Americans.

There isn’t any schedule for the hearings yet, so we’ll keep you updated as the case unfolds. 

Source: Engadget

Best Android privacy apps [September 2013]

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There are various reasons why it would be very reasonable for you to want to hide an application or some other form of data on your device. While I’m not going to condone living a secret life away from your family, you may find some of the hidden treasures of the Google Play Store quite useful. Of course, you may have a very reasonable explanation for wanting an application that will hide information on your phone, such as wanting to store sensitive information such as passwords, addresses, photos, etc. I won’t be the judge!

Regardless, the following apps will do the trick. Check out my list of the best privacy apps for Android after the break. I can’t cover them all, so let us know of your favorites in the comments section below. » Read the rest

CyanogenMod readying Device Finder app, general security improvements for CM builds

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With all of the angst some device owners have over recent incidents of government agencies tapping into user computer data via carriers and major industry players, along with general distrust of what corporations may be doing with user data, the CyanogenMod team is readying some changes and apps to help users be a little more secure. The first change, CyanogenMod Account, has been submitted to the CM Github so developers can review the code and provide some feedback before it is submitted to the nightlies. » Read the rest

FBI potentially has ability to listen in on microphones on Android devices and remotely access user data

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Some recent documents have emerged that detail a few slightly invasive things the FBI can do to access Android devices, and it’s some pretty scary stuff. Apparently, in an effort to keep up with criminals and technology, the FBI has developed a few techniques that blur ethical boundaries, including developing software that basically acts like malware to mine data from computers, as well as some technology that would allow them to remotely activate the microphone on a laptop or Android device without user knowledge. PRISM part 2, anyone?

Naturally, no parties involved have publicly said anything about any of these documents or accusations. A former US official did say that these techniques were generally only used in cases related to terrorism or child pornography, so there’s really no reason to think the FBI wants to listen in on your phone calls to make plans with your buddies for the weekend. Still, though, the potential is there, and that’s a pretty scary thought, especially with all the privacy concerns that have been leaking all over the internet every week. Rule of thumb: if you don’t want anyone to find out about it, don’t use your phone to tell others about it. Better safe than sorry, right?

source: Wall Street Journal

Motorola Droid X2 shows serious privacy issues, may affect other Motorola devices

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With more and more privacy problems popping up, especially in portable technology, everyone is paying more attention to what information their phones have access to and how they’re handling it. The latest problem may come from Motorola, as a Droid X2 owner has found out that tons of information is being funneled through Motorola servers from the device.

According to a bit of snooping done by Ben Lincoln, his Droid X2 was sending information about apps, files on his phone, login credentials, and even the types of photos uploaded onto the internet to a Motorola server, which is a scary thought. Although Motorola does claim to get a little invasive in their privacy policies (which absolutely every other company in the world does, too) there’s some concern that Motorola might be extending its reach a bit with user data.

Of course, there’s nothing to suggest this is malicious, and it may not even affect other devices aside from the Droid X2, Regardless, it’s a great reminder that when you’re dealing with the internet, true privacy is hard to get.

source: Beneath the Waves

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AT&T is planning on selling customers’ anonymous location information, web browsing, and app usage data

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Privacy is the buzzword these days, but sometimes our information is valuable to others even if it is anonymous. Carriers such as Verizon and Internet companies such as Facebook and Google sell anonymous customer information to other businesses, so why not AT&T? AT&T recently updated their privacy policy which now states that they could start selling anonymous customer information in the form of WiFi locations, U-verse usage, website browsing, mobile application usage, and “other information”.  AT&T did provide some examples. Hit the break to see them.

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