Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
Facebook has been sued in a California court by two users, claiming the popular social media platform reads private messages for targeted advertising. The suit alleges that Facebook scans private messages, then uses the info gained to serve up ads that highlight interests. Such actions would violate the Electronics Communications Privacy Act and some California privacy and unfair competition laws, the suit argues.
Snapchat might soon be facing torches and pitchforks if it doesn't take drastic steps to ensure its security and placate its users. As much as 4.6 million names and phone numbers have reportedly been scraped off the photo sharing service's database using an exploit that was made public just last week.
Dolphin is once again making an attempt to distance itself from other popular browsers in the mobile space with a new kind of mobile browser. Going beyond the typical private browsing modes offered by others, Dolphin Zero is a browser that puts users' privacy as its topmost priority.
It seems that the seemingly innocuous Android 4.4.2 update is putting Google
under a bit of heat. The Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF, one of the more popular digital rights advocacy groups in the US, is taking Google to task for removing the possibility of accessing the App Ops feature.
Here is yet another case pointing to the government's overarching police power and how far, or how much, it is willing to go to gather intelligence about its citizens. US Senator Edward Markey has disclosed that, based on figures coming from major US carriers themselves, law enforcers have spent more than $26 million last year to buy information from these telecommunications companies.
CyanogenMod has just made an announcement that takes its security and privacy thrust to the next level. In the coming nightly builds, the team will be integrating a new WhisperPush feature that will allow CyanogenMod users to have the option to send and receive encrypted SMS.
Sometimes, it takes a common foe to turn enemies, especially frenemies, into allies. Such seems to be the case here as Google, Microsoft, and Apple join with other tech giants in the Reform Government Surveillance group that seeks to limit the currently boundless government surveillance.
Finishing ahead of its self-imposed year-end deadline, Google's security engineer Dan Dulay announced that the tech giant has successfully upgraded all its SSL certificates to the longer 2048-bit RSA. In the meantime, Yahoo is also stepping up its security game and plans to encrypt both internal and user data starting in the first quarter of 2014.
The US Federal Communications Commission, lovingly known as the FCC, has just unveiled its FCC Speed Test app that will enable users to reliably assess their mobile broadband speeds. It's even released as open source! That is all well and good, at least you read a bit of the fine print.