Because of its default settings, digital payments service Venmo exposes many of its users' transactions to the world through its public API. Using the API, researcher created a website, Public by Default, that visually details the implications of Venmo's public by default approach.
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As various services like Facebook deal with competitors by packing more functionality into their apps, those apps are increasingly experiencing usability issues. In the old days of the API economy, outside developers could leverage a service's APIs to build something better. But those days are gone.
While the furor around Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have died down, the world's largest social network continues to make changes to its APIs "to better protect people’s information". Today, it announced that a number of its APIs will only be accessible to apps that have been reviewed.
Facebook has published a page for Facebook Platform developers that answers frequenty asked questions (FAQs) about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR went into effect on May 25 and requires companies in the EU and around the world to comply with stronger data protection rules.
Phone geolocation company LocationSmart allowed users to look up the real-time location of any supplied mobile phone number without the need of a password or authentication. API security leaks such as this are all too common but what is worrisome is how LocationSmart got this data to start with.
According to a recent commit to the main repository of the Android Open Source Project, Google is preparing to prevent apps from monitoring network activity in the background. The new commit will restrict app access to /proc/net, which contains kernel output related to network activity.
Analytics API provider and customer data platform Segment has announced a new API to help businesses comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that go into effect next month in Europe. Under the GDPR, Europeans will have more control over and access to their personal data.
In the wake of a scandal that has led to the biggest backlash it has ever faced, Facebook has announced API and platform product changes that will have far-reaching consequences for developers. The changes include the need for developers to submit their apps to Facebook for review.
The W3C has announced a new web authentication standard that provides an API for accessing public key credentials. The standard, which is being referred to as WebAuthn, would allow users to log into websites without having to use passwords and instead use authorization gestures on their phones.
Mozilla Firefox 60, an upcoming version of the popular web browser that is expected to be released in May, will disable the W3C Proximity and Ambient Light APIs over fears that they could be abused by hackers and advertisers to, among other things, access browser data without user knowledge.