privacy

Android 4.4 phone app displays numbers harvested from Google services

The latest version of Android has introduced quite a number of features, some of which we've already covered in our Android 4.4 tag portal. Others are still continually being discovered or officially revealed, like the improvements to the built-in photo editor in the Gallery app. Now Google is coming out with another new feature that enhances the default dialer app's caller ID to go beyond your usual contact list.

NSA taps into Google and Yahoo cables outside the US

If recent revelations about the US governments spying activities still has sent shivers down your spine, this latest bit just might do it. At least it did for some Google employees. It seems highly probable that the NSA has been utilizing its broad overseas reach to tap into Google's and Yahoo's lines to intercept data being exchanged not only between Americans but with other nations' citizens as well.

Stanford study shows accelerometers can be silently tracked

People these days are afraid, even to the point of paranoia, with all the news, and sometimes misinformation, going on about snooping and violations of privacy. It seems that we will have more to worry about now that researchers from Stanford have discovered that even your smartphone's most basic components can be used to identify and track you down without your knowledge.

CyanogenMod Privacy Guard updated and merged with CM10.2

Google introduced a feature called 'AppOps' along with Android 4.3 and as such, it looks like CyanogenMod has something similar. In terms of Cyanogen, the feature is called Privacy Guard and while this is not yet available for all users, that appears as if that will soon be changing. In short, Cyanogen has updated Privacy Guard and also announced the new features have been merged into the early CM10.2 builds.

AT&T privacy policy change shows a firesale of our user data

Some new tweaks and changes to AT&T's privacy policy have been revealed today, and things aren't looking good. It sounds like AT&T may join other big groups like Facebook, Google, and Verizon and start selling our user data, although it will all be anonymous. This comes right as privacy is on the top of our minds, which isn't the best timing for AT&T, but read on for more details.

DuckDuckGo private search engine app sneaks into the Play Store

If you're looking to stay anonymous and out of sight from prying eyes, the popular site DuckDuckGo might be worth checking out. Growing rapidly in popularity as of late, with the recent NSA and PRISM privacy scandals, DDG is an internet search engine that won't track you. And now they've launched an app for Android that will help you regain that privacy while on the go.

FingerQ case rocks a built-in fingerprint scanner

Do we really need fingerprint scanners on our smartphones? You can hide messages from the government if used right! According to a few case manufacturers we do. Back in the day Motorola released the original Atrix with a fingerprint scanner, and that was the end of that. However, we're now seeing a few case manufacturers push towards "the ultimate in security" for our devices too.
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