Facebook has another data privacy scandal on its hands. This time, the problem comes from weak security practices from its Instagram app. A location-based marketing firm called Hyp3r has created a massive database of location and consumer profiling data that is largely scraped from Instagram posts.
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Venmo transactions are still easily obtained by the public according to computer science student Dan Salmon, who says that he accessed millions of transactions over a six-month period in an effort to raise awareness about privacy on the popular PayPal-owned peer-to-peer payments service.
Google's plan to limit developers' access to the Chrome API browser extensions, commonly used to perform ad blocking, and push them to use a new API sparked a developer firestorm. In response, Google engineers altered their plans slightly to try to address a number of developer concerns.
Google engineers recently proposed changes to the Chrome browser that would limit developers' access to an API that browser extensions commonly use to perform ad blocking. Specifically, Google plans to deprecate parts of the webRequest API that provide for the ability to block ads.
On the heels of recent research that indicates rampant secret leaks in public repositories, GitLab has included a new check feature in its 11.9 release. The new check, secret detection, scans repository contents for API keys and other data that should be treated as secret by the user.
Facebook has come under fire for what the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and others are calling a gross abuse of data collected to facilitate two-factor authentication (2FA). The problem: Facebook is using phone numbers it collects for 2FA for other purposes that are not clear to users.
Facebook is once again under fire in the press after the Wall Street Journal published a report detailing how a number of popular apps are sharing data with the social network's analytics platform through its SDK. In some cases, sensitive health data related to health was being shared.
Apple has warned developers that they should not be recording user interactions with the iPhone without disclosing the behavior. The move is only the most recent case in which Apple was forced to step in to safeguard user privacy. Offending apps face ejection from the App Store.
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is an international interoperability standard for the exchange of healthcare data. Through a new API, Microsoft is providing streamlined access to implementing FHIR in cloud environments. Microsoft handles FHIR-related operations and compliance.
Facebook is at the center of another privacy controversy. This time, the most popular Android apps are involved. Almost half of the apps on the Google Play store have the ability to share data with Facebook, and it looks like many of them are sharing automatically (no Facebook account is needed).