annual report card. It's called "Who has your back" regarding companies who protect their users - and their data - from the prying eyes of the government. Surprisingly, Verizon scores dead last and didn't receive a single star, while AT&T only had 1 out of 5 themselves. It's not looking good for wireless carriers.
Facebook Home but wondering what the privacy aspect of it is looking like? Facebook has published a Q&A-format response to the most common questions that have been asked so far, addressing things like what information Home will gather and what it can see. We've got a full run-down of the privacy information, which you can check out after the jump.
Google Glass has already been discussed in terms of privacy, and the potential lack thereof for the person that would be in presence of someone wearing the glasses. Of course, many could argue that the same could be said for many other things such as smartphones and even security cameras. But on that note, at least one Seattle business has taken a proactive approach and banned the glasses.
Google Wallet. Hopefully this time it won't cause issues for all of us rooted users either. While Google Wallet is still in its infancy and waiting to really take off, they've added tons of enhancements and improvements with today's update. Read on below for the full changelog and don't forget to use that $5 Wallet gave us last month.
Leviathan Security Group has posted a proof of concept application that can steal massive amounts of personal data when installed on an Android phone or tablet. No big deal, right? We've known about this sort of thing for ages. Except that Paul Brodeur's app can grab a shocking amount of data with zero Android system permissions, something that isn't supposed to be possible. The security loopholes exist in both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, and can be presumed for other versions of Android as well.
United States Patent 8,138,930 lays the groundwork for a system that actually listens for keywords in phone conversations and stores the triggers in a database, to serve contextual advertisements later.
Android is right there with it. The increased attention has brought a flurry of media coverage, and even political types (who, for better or worse, are usually a step or two behind) are getting in on the action. The Vice President of the European Commission recently told Channel 4 News that Android's potentially harmful privacy policies are concerning... and may actually be illegal, at least by European Union common law.
view the passwords of saved WiFi SSDs. The flaw was discovered by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and reported on the Homeland Security website. HTC has responded to the issue on their support website, stating that some of the phones are already fixed through regular security updates. However, some of the phones will need a additional update to be made secure. The manufacturer did not elaborate on which phones are currently safe and which are not.