Eavesdropping Bug Forces Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App

The app contained a vulnerability allowing someone to listen in on your iPhone without consent. July 11, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple has been forced to disable its Walkie-Talkie app after a vulnerability was discovered that allowed someone to listen in on your iPhone ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) without consent. The Walkie-Talkie app was introduced with the roll out of WatchOS 5 last September and allowed FaceTime Audio calls to be carried out in a similar way to talking on a walkie-talkie. However, as TechCrunch reports, even though the app is still present on the Apple Watch, no call will go through if you try and use it today. Apple was made aware of the vulnerability through its security and privacy support page where reports can be filed. The company isued the following statement to TechCrunch regarding what’s happened: We were just made aware of a vulnerability related […]

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TikTok to Pay $5.7 Million Fine For Violating Children’s Privacy Law

They failed to ask for parental consent when collecting the personal information from users under the age of 13. February 28, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag TikTok, a video-sharing app popular among pre-teens, is facing a $5.7 million fine from the FTC for illegally collecting the personal information of children. The penalty applies to Musical.ly, the video lip-syncing app that TikTok absorbed last August as part of an acquisition. The FTC claims Musical.ly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by failing to ask for parental consent when collecting the personal information from users under the age of 13. The collected information included names, email addresses, phone numbers and profile pictures, which were needed to register for the app. Accounts made over Musical.ly were also set on public by default, which allowed adults to track and even contact underage users over the platform, the FTC said […]

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All the Ways in Which Your Smartphone Can Track You and How to Put an End to It

Aren’t you just a little creeped out at how those ads follow you around? These apps can help. December 11, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A friend and I had the strangest discussion: He had been at a jewelry shop, looking for something for his wife. And, never one to browse among such shops’ glittery merchandise, he had hoped to make a quick stop, pick up the best option his wallet could agree with and head out. Related: How to Get Google to Quit Tracking You In fact, this friend couldn’t care less about jewelry and to the best of his knowledge, he told me, he had never searched for anything glittery online. Yet, just as he reached home, he started getting bombarded with ads — featuring jewelry! Not only were the ads of jewelry, but they were actually the same type of ring he had been inquiring about; they […]

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5 Ways for U.S. Entrepreneurs to Capitalize

Is your behavior naughty or nice? Forget Santa: Government and corporations will soon be taking notice. October 12, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It sounds like something out of science fiction: the daily behavior of billions of citizens, tracked digitally and rewarded or punished by an unknowable, all-powerful algorithm. But, such digital control is no longer simply the stuff of pulp novels. The Chinese government will soon complete a system of social credit scores to incentivize citizens for virtuous behavior — and penalize them for less-desired activities. Related: Here Are 6 Weird Ways You’re Being Tracked in the Real World The idea is that if citizens behave unethically or dishonestly in their day-to-day lives, they will lose access to everything from government benefits to public transportation. In the Party’s eyes, direct consequences will help create a more transparent society — or at least one […]

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Do Amazon’s Movement-Tracking Wristbands Violate Workers’ Privacy Rights?

A look at the legal precedents shows Amazon could get into trouble with its newly patented devices. June 14, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted Amazon two patents directed to remote control of human hands. The Amazon patents are able to obtain and record users’ location and the detailed movements of their hands. Therefore, highly private information such as when an employee takes a bathroom break or pauses to scratch may be obtained and recorded by the patented system. That, in turn has led to concerns that the patents could violate protected privacy rights of employees under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment applies to government actions, and would be implicated in a legal challenge to the Amazon patents, since patents are issued and enforced by the government. In addition, Amazon patents […]

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