Digital ministers app lands on data watchdogs radar after privacy cock-up

UK digital minister Matt Hancock, who’s currently busy with legislative updates to the national data protection framework, including to bring it in line with the EU’s strict new privacy regime, nonetheless found time to launch an own-brand social networking app this week. The eponymously titled: Matt Hancock MP App. NEWS: … More…

The light and dark of AI-powered smartphones

Analyst Gartner put out a 10-strong listicle this week identifying what it dubbed “high-impact” uses for AI-powered features on smartphones that it suggests will enable device vendors to provide “more value” to customers via the medium of “more advanced” user experiences. It’s also predicting that, by 2022, a full 80 … More…

Consumer report warns over safety of kids smartwatches

A report by an EU consumer watchdog has flagged up myriad problems with smartwatches designed for children, including security flaws, privacy concerns, and risks posed by unreliable features. Based on the analysis it argues that the core ‘peace of mind’ proposition of GPS smartwatches aimed at kids does not stand up … More…

Verizons new opt-in rewards program requires users to share personal data for ad-targeting

U.S. carrier Verizon has launched a new rewards program as it pushes for more lucrative ways to eke money out of a subscriber base that’s not growing as easily as it once was. (Disclosure: Verizon is the parent company of TechCrunch’s parent, Oath (formerly AOL; Oath being formed from the merging … More…

iPhone Xs Face ID raises security and privacy questions

The new top-of-the-range iPhone does away with the home button and its built-in fingerprint reader in favor of a new biometric — called Face ID — which uses a 3D scan of the user’s face for authenticating and unlocking their device. It also replaces Touch ID for Apple Pay too. Apple … More…

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook for ad targeting heres how to opt out

Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has announceda big change to its privacy policy which, once a useraccepts itsnew T&Cs,willsee it start to share some user data with its parent companyincluding for ad-targeting purposes on the latter service. [B]y coordinating more with Facebook, well be able to do things like track basic … More…

Sudo lets you change your online identities as easily as flipping a switch

If youre like me your inbox is a mess of hundreds of promotional emails from different sites across the web many of which Ive only actually shopped atonce or twice. But once they have your email address its over you can expect to receivea weekly (or daily!) email ad infinitum. … More…

Congress just voted to let internet providers sell your browsing history

Less than a week after theSenate votedto empowerinternet service providers to freely shareprivate userdata with advertisers, the House has weighed in, too. Today in a 215-205vote on Senate Joint Resolution 34(H. Res. 230), the House voted to repeal broadband privacy regulations that the Obama administrations FCC introduced in 2016. In … More…